A Temple Without Roof – Chausathi Jogini Temple
Chausathi Jogini Temple alias 64 Joginis Temple is a temple without any roof, believed to be built by the Queen Hiradevi of Bramha dynasty during the 9th century. It is situated at Hirapur, 20 kilometers away from Bhubaneswar, in Odisha state, India. Jogini means goddesses.
Chausathi Jogini Temple is circular in shape. This temple is made up of sand stones. There are 56 cavities inside the circular wall of the temple. Each of which houses the statue of a Goddess, made of black granite. These are centered around the main idol, the Goddess Kali. The main idol is designed as a human head, representing the triumph of the heart over the mind. There is a central altar. The central altar has eight idols. There are four idols on each side of the central altar.
This ancient temple is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. The legend behind the temple goes like this, Goddess Durga taking the form of 64 dime-goddesses, in order to defeat a demon.
How Do I Go to Chausathi Jogini Temple?
Chausathi Jogini Temple is situated at Hirapur, at around 20 kilometers from the temple city of Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state, India.
Bhubaneswar Railway station is the major railway station in the city, with 6 platforms. BBS is the station code for Bhubaneswar railway station. There are 5 other railway stations within Bhubaneswar city limits. They are Mancheswar, Lingaraj Temple Road, Vani Vihar, Patia and Sarkantra railway stations.
Bus services are also there connecting Bhubaneswar with other parts of the country. Interstate Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Baramunda is the major bus station in the city, which is well connected to other major cities of the nearby states.
Biju Patnaik International Airport at Bhubaneswar is located at 6 kilometers distance from the city center.