Yogmaya Temple

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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.

Source: In Mehrauli, a Mughal-sponsored temple is a testament to Delhi’s syncretic roots