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Bhedaghat Yogini Temple – 64 Yogini Temple at Bhedaghat in Madhya Pradesh

Bhedaghat Yogini Temple is located on the banks of Narmada River at Bhedaghat in Madhya Pradesh. The shrine is dedicated to yoginis and is around 5 km from Jabalpur. There are usually 64 yoginis but at Bhedaghat there are 81 Yoginis. This is the largest known Yogini Temple in the world. The concept of 81 Yoginis is based Mattottara Tantra – a medieval tantric text from Nepal.

The temple is in a dilapidated condition. The original murtis of yoginis belonged to the 10th century AD. They were mostly seated on animal mounts placed over inscribed pedestals and were heavily bejeweled.

Of the nine main matrikas, seven can be identified (Brahmi, Maheshwari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Indrani and Chandika ; two are missing (Chamunda and Mahalakshmi) and Kaumari of this group is traced to a nearby place called Mandla.

Among the 81 Matrikas only 49 have been identified. Notable among them are Mahishasuramardini, Kamada and Sarvatomukhi.