How to Visit an Offbeat and Ancient Indian Temple?

By mytravellingstilettos | Jan 29, 2021
Asia > India > Madhya Pradesh > Morena district > Chausath Yogini Temple

The temple after which the Parliament of India is built!

Have you been to Chausath Yogini Temple (also called Ekattarso Mahadeva Mandir) in the Morena district of Madhya Pradesh? Or, seen any pic of it?

Does the structure of the temple remind you of anything? Any famous building of our time?

Okay, let me give you a clue. A circular structure adorned with multiple pillars along its periphery.

Still not. Hmm, okay. I will tell you. But let me first tell you about this temple a bit.

A few months back I came across few ancient temples on the internet in the Morena district of Madhya Pradesh. One of them is Chausath Yogini Temple in Mitaoli village.

Chausath means 64 and Yogini means female monk. The temple, built in the 11th century, consists of two concentric circular structures. The outer structure has 64 chambers and pillars each dedicated to one Yogini who used to perform religious activities in the temple. Thus the name is derived.

Present days India there are so many restrictions on women about performing religious duties, some temples even deny entry. A temple built in the 11th century has only females performing religious duties. Even it was named after them instead of the deity inside the temple. Interesting, right?

Another interesting fact, the Parliament of India is designed after this temple. Can you draw the similarity now?

Where is it?

Near Gwalior city in the Morena district of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

How to visit?

Book a cab from Gwalior for a round trip to this place. A return trip from Gwalior will take 3-4 hours.


Architecture Asia History India Madhya Pradesh Morena district Temples Chausath Yogini Temple

Share this tip:

Written by My Travelling Stilettos
Hello! I’m Ankita, a travel and food enthusiast from India, eager to wander the world and inspire others to do the same. Here I share my experiences of exploring places, trying new cuisines, and meeting locals. I also share little tips and tricks for you. Keep reading if you want to achieve your travel goals. Enjoy the ride!

Thoughts? Questions?

See also


Tours and activities

Rishikesh 360 Cultural Tour on Lets Playy E-bikes

Rishikesh 360 is a custom curated experience for all those riders and explorers who have the exact kind of spirit with us, to go on an effortless e-bike ride and learn about cultures, people, rituals and history. The entourage begins from Tapovan in Rishikesh at 3 PM each day. Exclusions and inclusions mentioned below.

Private day tour to Taj Mahal from Delhi

This tour package is specially designed for foreign travellers coming to India for business trips and other purposes and wanted to explore Taj Mahal before leaving India. Explore Taj Mahal in one day from Delhi and return back. This package includes everything. Enjoy your luxury trip from Delhi in a luxury A/C car and return back on same day.