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Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh


Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli


  • The Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, also known as Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple, is an 11th-century temple in Morena district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the few well-preserved Yogini temples in India. The temple is formed by a circular wall with 65 chambers, apparently for 64 yoginis and the goddess Devi, and an open mandapa in the centre of a circular courtyard, sacred to Shiva.


  • According to an inscription dated to 1323 CE (Vikram Samvat 1383), the temple was built by the Kachchhapaghata king Devapala (r. c. 1055 – 1075). It is said that the temple was the venue of providing education in astrology and mathematics based on the transit of the Sun.


  • The temple is in the Seismic Zone III region and has survived several earthquakes, seemingly without any serious damage. This fact was cited when the issue of safety from earthquake effect of the circular Parliament House, its design supposedly based on the Mitaoli temple, was debated in the Indian Parliament.


Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh



Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh



Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh



Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh



Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh



Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh



Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh



Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh



Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh



Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh



Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh



Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh



Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh



Chausath Yogini Temple, Mitaoli, Madhya Pradesh