Hingula is a famous Hindu Goddess whose main shrine existed in Hinglaj,Balochistan.

It is surprising that although Goddess Hingula is highly revered in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh as a Kuldevi, there is seldom any image of her.


The answer is that the Hinglaj Shrine in Balochistan was
destroyed and rebuilt 52 times. Yes, you heard it right. Starting from Arab invasions beginning in 7th century CE, the shrine faced multiple invasions from Ghaznavids, Ghorids,Turks and Khiljis. It was rebuilt only to be torn down again.

As a result, there is no more any temple structure of the Goddess at Hinglaj. What exists is an empty cave to which a few pilgrims still make a visit.

But whatever happened to the image of Goddess herself?

The image you see in this picture is a sandstone image of an armed Goddess Durga Mahisasuramardini discovered in Chausath Yogini temple of Khajuraho.

What is interesting is word “Hinghalaja” inscribed on its pedestal. Stylistically, the image predates 9th century CE.

What you see in the picture is most likely the original image of Goddess Hingula enshrined in Balochistan. After the invasion, she must have been secretly moved to Khajuraho by her devotees from Balochistan and safely hidden in Chausath Yogini temple.


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