Sculpture in the Chaunsath Yogini Temple, Bheraghat, Jabalpur District
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of statues inside the Chaunsath Yogini temple, Bheraghat taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. Bheragat is situated close to Tripuri in Madhya Pradesh which was the ancient Haihaya capital. The Chaunsath Yogini Temple dates from the 10th and 12th centuries and is located on a hill overlooking the Narmada river. The temple is unusually planned, consisting of a circular colonnade with 81 smaller shrines incorporating sculptures from the 10th century. A renowned group represents the sixty-four yoginis, the Matrikas and other goddesses. The statues in this photograph, although difficult to make out, represent Ganesha, Surya, Shiva and Parvarti.