Bhubaneswar: Eminent Odia singer Adyasha Das released “A Song for the Chausathi Yoginis, Hirapur” , her latest musical venture at the ancient tantric seat of worship, the hypaethral Chausathi Yogini Temple at Hirapur on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra yesterday. The first ever song depicting the rare qualities of all Chausathi yoginis, it is a unique contribution to the preservation of our cultural legacy.
In a rare morning ritual, recreating the age-old ancient era, the song venerating the Chausathi Yoginis was released in the temple premises in the presence of the writer of the lyric, Jnanpith laureate Pratibha Ray and renowned music composer Omprakash Mohanty
The Hirapur residents, few tourists and the priests were witness to the first rendering of the song for yoginis along with the ten-armed presiding deity of the pitha, worshipped as Mahamaya . The chanting of tantra shlokas, Yogini mantras, the divine effect of ghanta, musical bells and mahuri , the powerful lyrics and divine composition, all created the magic of transcendence.
The Yogini cult is a mystical, magical, powerful amalgamation of sacredness and spirituality. Not far from the capital city, Bhubaneswar, yet non-descript and forgotten lies the Chausath Yogini temple of Hirapur, dating back to the 8th/9th century A.D. renowned for the innumerable sculptural pantheons of Yogini deities. At a time when modernity is pushing people into a chaotic identity-crisis, this song comes as a reminder of our rich cultural heritage , to strengthen our cultural and historical identity. The song has attracted immense interest and will be presented in various international forums commencing from November.It will also be staged as a dance ballet.
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