Yogmaya Temple

The Yogmaya Temple also known as Jogmaya temple, is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Yogmaya, the sister of Krishna, and situated in Mehrauli,New Delhi, close to the Qutb complex. It is widely believed to be one of the five surviving temples from the Mahabharata period in Delhi. Yogmaya or Jogmaya is considered as an aspect of Maya, the illusionary power of God. The temple is also venue of a large congregation of the devotees during the Navratri celebrations. The present temple was built in early 19th century and is a descendant of a much older Devi shrine. Adjacent to the temple lies, a water body, johad, known as ‘Anangtal’, after King Anangpal, and covered by trees from all sides. The temple is also an integral part of the important inter-faith festival of Delhi, the annual Phool Walon Ki Sair. In the 12th-century Jain scriptures, Mehrauli place is also mentioned as Yoginipura. The temple is believed to be built by the Pandavas, at the end of Mahabharata war.

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