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“Chausath (64) Yogini Temple in Hirapur, Odisha.”

Chaunsath-Yogini Temple, Hirapur
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Chausath (64) Yogini Temple in Hirapur, Odisha.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is one of the most complete Chausath (64) Yogini temples in India with only one yogini missing from the temple. This is a very small temple compared to others in India. It is situated off a less travelled road from Bhubhaneswar to Konark so one cannot get any public transport to get there as no one travels there regularly and hence one is forced to hire a private taxi or car to get there. Not many road signs to direct you to the temple so it is better to ask frequently lest you miss out on the right way to get there. There is an Archaeological Society of India's caretaker who is a great guide as well and he explains the names of the different yoginis along with their vahanas (symbolic vehicles) to make it easy to identify them. There is a small book about this temple available with him for sale at Rs.150. Well worth a visit to this temple if you have an interest in art, history and architecture.

Visited December 2012
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“A rare tantrik Buddhist temple”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

A rate tantrik Buddhist temple
This temple is the best example of the rare tantrik Buddhist temples of which there are just a handfull in India. Circular in shape and open to the air, it has 64 idols of "yoginis" of female deities on the inside, and 9 statues on the outside with female images carrying a pot of blood, standing on the head of a spirit. The 64 yoginis all stand on different animals. One particular yogini looks like a ganesha. And don't miss the carving of a one-legged shiva on the inside of the temple. Our guide mentioned that the tantrik Buddhist practices involved sacrifice of children and animals, and offerings of alcohol. A very interesting place, close to Bhubaneshwar and a must see!

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“64 Yoginis Extraordinarily Exquiste”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Veiled in secrecy, this beautiful Yogini Temple is off the map and not easily found. For the truly dedicated! On the outskirts of the temple city of Bhubaneshwar. Unmarred by commercialism in the country amidst paddy fields, a small circular temple, roofless, open to the sky, with inner niches for the finely carved 64 Yoginis. Sensual bodies, some with non human heads, gracefully poised icons about two feet high, each niche is a miniature shrine. The presiding deity is Mahamaya - honoured with Puja by the priests. The smallest Yogini temple yet the power of the circle is immensely inspiring. A unique and mysterious experience. The potency of the Yoginis tangible and humbling.

Visited Jan 2012

Visited April 2012
10 Thank UshkaDevi
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“nice place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

64 yogini temple is worth visiting... nice historical piece of art. A quite place with no crowd... it is open with no roof and around the walls are 64 yoginis..The location is 15 k.m away from bhubaneswar.

Visited February 2013
10 Thank shibuIndia
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“a superb experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

The visit to the temple gave us a feeling of peace and serenity which we couldn't find in Lingaraj temple or Puri Jagannath temple.The temple is surrounded by a well maintained garden and it is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city in a village called hirapur.You have to hire a taxi to reach there but worth a visit.There is a green field behind the temple which calm your nerves.You can hire a guide( there are 2) if you need them for a paltry sum of Rs.50 but it's worth.

Visited January 2013
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