Chausath Yogini Temple: A striking similarity to the Indian Parliament

Updated: November 12, 2013 13:50 IST
Chausath Yogini Temple: A striking similarity to the Indian Parliament
Chausath Yogini Temple: A striking similarity to the Indian Parliament
I have stood at this spot for over 3000 years. I may not be on any regular tourist map. I may not have proper roads or signage guiding anyone towards me. Don't go by my outward appearance. Looks could not be more deceptive, even if I may say so myself.
If my unconventional circular structure has not got you inquisitive then I am disappointed, but not heartbroken. Step inside is all I have to say to you.
Photo Courtesy: Sonia Bhaskar
Chausath Yogini Temple: A striking similarity to the Indian Parliament
Does what meets your eye surprise you? Does it remind you of some other, more prominent landmark? Is your head going – where have I seen something like this before – a circular complex with pillars encircling a central structure?
Sonia Bhaskar
Chausath Yogini Temple: A striking similarity to the Indian Parliament
Hold the thought. Let me welcome you to the Chausath Yogini Temple in Mitawali. Chausath meaning 64, and that is how many rooms you will find in my circular corridor structure.
Photo Courtesy: Sonia Bhaskar
Chausath Yogini Temple: A striking similarity to the Indian Parliament
The central structure is a Shiva temple. You will find many sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses on my interior and exterior walls.
Photo Courtesy: Sonia Bhaskar
Chausath Yogini Temple: A striking similarity to the Indian Parliament
I may be away from the buzz of tourists and shutterbugs, but who knows amongst the many wandering travellers who have landed up in my courtyard in all these years - there may have been the designer and builders of the Indian Parliament House in New Delhi. They say that its architecture is very much like mine. Do you think so too?
Photo Courtesy: Sonia Bhaskar
Chausath Yogini Temple: A striking similarity to the Indian Parliament
You can reach me by road from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. I am less than an hour and 40 kilometres away from Gwalior. You will find me sitting on top of a hill that you will have to trek up.
Photo Courtesy: Sonia Bhaskar

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