Yogmaya Temple is a historically important monument believed to be standing at the site of an ancient temple that is said to have come up during the period of the Mahabharata.
About Yogmaya Temple
- It is also known as the Jogmaya Temple, is an ancient Hindu shrine situated in the heart of Mehrauli (Delhi), a few hundred meters away from the famous Qutub Minar.
- It was built by a noble in the court of Mughal Emperor Akbar II by the name of Lala Sidhu Mal between 1806 and 1837.
- The area was known as Yoginipura in ancient Jain texts and Prithviraj Chauhan himself was said to have patronised a Yogini temple here shortly before his city’s destruction.
- It was a focal point of Akbar II’s rule.
- The temple has a replica of the Goddess Yogmaya, also called the “Pure Goddess,
- The most famous festival celebrated only in this temple is the ‘Phoolwalon ki Sair.’
Key facts about Qutb-Minar
- It is in red and buff sandstone is the highest tower in India.
- Qutbu'd-Din Aibak laid the foundation of Minar in AD 1199 and raised the first storey, to which were added three more storeys by his successor and son-in-law, Shamsu'd-Din Iltutmish (AD 1211-36).
- All the storeys are surrounded by a projected balcony encircling the minar and supported by stone brackets, which are decorated with honey-comb design, more conspicuously in the first storey.
Q1) What is Sandstone?
Sandstone is a sedimentary rock composed mostly of quartz sand, but it can also contain significant amounts of feldspar, and sometimes silt and clay.