Chausath Yogini Temple, MorenaDirection
The Chausath Yogini temple is in Mitaoli village (also spelled Mitawali or Mitavali), near Padaoli in Morena district 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Gwalior.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 Archaeological Survey of India has declared the temple an ancient and historical monument under Act No. LXXI of 1951, dt.28/11/1951.
The Chausath Yogini Temple, Morena, also known as Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple, Standing atop an isolated hill of about hundred feet high, this circular temple commands a splendid view of the cultivated fields below. This temple is so named because of the presence of multitude of shivalingas inside its cells. This circular temple is one among the very few such temples in India. This is a yogini temple dedicated to sixty-four yoginis.
It is externally circular in shape with a radius of 170 feet and within its interior part it has 64 small chambers.Within the main central shrine there are slab coverings which have perforations in them to drain rainwater to a large underground storage. The pipe lines from the roof lead the rain water to the storage are also visible.
The design of the temple has withstood earthquake shocks, without any
damage to its circular structural features, in the past several centuries. The temple is in the Seismic Zone III.
Many of these curious visitors have compared this temple with the Indian parliament building (Sansad Bhawan) as both are circular in style. Many have drawn conclusions that this temple was the inspiration behind the Sansad Bhawan.
How to Reach:
Nearest airport from Mitawali is Gwalior Airport which is situated around 30 KMs Distance from Airports Gwalior Airport 30 KMs. Jhansi Airport 123.9 KMs
Gohad Road railway station is the nearest railway station from Mitawali. The distance from Mitawali to Gohad Road railway station is around 18 kilometer. The nearest railway station and its distance from Mitawali are follows. Gohad Road railway station 18 KM. Malanpur railway station 20.0 KM. Morena railway station 279 KM.
Mitawali is connected by bus service from Morena and Gwalior. It is about 25 Kms from Morena and 55 Kms from Gwalior