Chausath yogini temple the inspiration of the Parliament House of India

According to the Wikipedia content about the Parliament of India was designed by the British architect Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1912-1913 and development began in 1921. The opening ceremony of the Parliament House however the design for the Indian Parliament was “inspired”. The inspiration comes from an eighth century Shiva temple in Madhya Pradesh.

Archaeologists claim that the temple was a seat of Vedic and astrological studies in the olden days.

Chausath yogini temple the inspiration of the Parliament House of India

Located in the non-descript Mitawali village of Morena district, the spectacular circular structure lies in a radius of 170 feet. The temple, dedicated to Hindu God, Lord Shiva, has figurines of 64 demigoddesses engraved on the circular inner wall. It also has 64 rooms, each with a ‘Shivlingam’- Shiva’s phallic symbol.

The Parliament building, developed by famous architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker, was constructed in 1927, 20 years before India’s independence in 1947. The building has been highly appreciated for its design across the world .It is touted to be among one of the world’s best architectural wonders.

Chausath yogini temple the inspiration of the Parliament House of India

But the temple, which the archaeologists and locals in Mitawali believe might have inspired the magnificent building, is in a state of dilapidation.

The Chausath Yogini Temple, Morena, an ancient temple, also known as Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple, “hypetheral on plan” located in Morena district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, is one of the few such Yogini temples in the country which is in a very good condition. The temple is formed by a circular wall with 64 chambers and an open mandapa in the centre, separated by a courtyard, which is circular in shape, where Lord Shiva is deified It is believed that the Parliament House, known as Sansad Bhavan, built in Delhi in the 1920s, has been patterned on the lines of this circular-shaped Chausath Yogini Temple, dated to 1323 AD.

The temple has been declared as an ancient historical monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.


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