Bajrayogini, The God and The Temple
Bajrayogini is an eldest tantric goddess. The goddesses have three forms. In one form her head is absent and carries it in her hand. In another form, her head is intact. The former form is similar in appearance to the Hindu goddesses Chhinamasta. She is always attended by two yoginis on either side of her. Appearing in yellow color, she carries her own head in her left hand and Katari in her right hand. Stretching the right leg and bending down the left leg, she appears to be nude.
In red color form, she is surrounded on all sides by the terrible burning grounds. Appearing nude, she has three red eyes, round contorted brows, protruding belly and tongue and stands high in Alidha attitude. Carrying Kapla in left hand and vajra in the right hand, hanging Khatwanga from her left shoulder this form is very similar to Nairatma and Vajravarahi.
Bajrayogini Temple, Sankhu, Kathmandu
Bajrayogini Temple is a popular Tantrik Temple situated in Kathmandu Valley. Located in Sankhu in Gun Bihar area one can easily reach the temple easily by a local bus or a taxi. The temple of Bajrayogini situated 20 km North-east of the Kathmandu is easily reachable via a local bus or a taxi. The temple was constructed during the period of Mandeva and again renovated during the rule of Pratap Malla.
There is a religious book written in the Newari script about the chronological development of Bajrayogini kept in the library of Denmark.
In the temple of Bajrayogini, she is a Red Bajrayogini having three eyes. Around the area, there are nine caves that refer to the stone age. One of the caves consists of two rooms. The priest, the intense lover of the goddess goes into the cave for penance. The famous festival Bajrayogini Fair is celebrated in ChaitePurnima, Full Moon day that lies in March or April of the Gregorian calendar.
Like many other monuments, the earthquake of 2o17 did damage to Bajrayogini too. The temple is marked as unsafe by engineers.