10th century stone idol of Goat Head Yogini
Part of: Prelims and Mains GS-1: Indian Culture
In News: A 10th century stone idol of Goat Head Yogini that had been illegally removed from a temple in Lokhari village in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh is being returned to India from UK.
- The sculpture is of a goat headed Yogini that originally belonged to a group of stone deities in sandstone and installed in Lokhari temple
- A similar sculpture of the buffalo-headed Vrishanana Yogini, apparently stolen from the same temple at Lokhari village had been recovered and repatriated by Embassy of India, Paris in 2013.
- Yoginis are a group of powerful females divinities associated with the Tantrik mode of worship.
- They are worshipped as a group, often 64 and are believed to possess infinite powers.
News Source: PIB