What is the News?
The Union Minister of Culture has announced that the stone idol of Goat Head Yogini that had been illegally removed from a temple in Lokhari, Banda, Uttar Pradesh is being returned to India.
What is Goat Head Yogini?
Goat headed Yogini is a 10th Century Stone Idol. It originally belonged to a group of stone deities in sandstone and was installed in Lokhari temple.
The idol had been illegally removed from a temple in Lokhari, Banda, Uttar Pradesh in the 1980s.
In October 2021, the idol was discovered in London. And now it is being returned to the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi.
Who are Yoginis?
Yoginis are a group of powerful female divinities associated with the Tantrik mode of worship. They are worshipped as a group, often 64 and are believed to possess infinite powers.
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Source: This post is based on the article ‘10th century stone idol of Goat Head Yogini illegally removed from a temple in Lokhari, Banda, Uttar Pradesh being returned to India’ published in PIB on 17th January 2022.