An 11th-century marvel which is known among locals as “love temple” is the Rajarani Temple of Bhubaneswar. The temple is coloured with red and yellow sandstone, which are locally referred to as “Rajarani". It is believed that the temple was once the abode of Lord Shiva and was known as Indreshwar Temple. Besides, the erotic carvings of couples and women also have its share as to why this temple is called Rajarani. What is most loved by the travellers is the fine details and the use of Pancharatha style in the form of a raised platform with two intricately carved structures. The absence of images inside the temple makes it tough to describe as to which sect of Hinduism it belongs. However, it is believed to be a part of the Saivite tradition of Hinduism as per the niches.
History and Architecture of the Temple
As per the many honourable scholars and historians like George Michell, S. K. Saraswati and who have deeply studied the architecture of this temple, believe that it dates back to the 11th century. Along with that, it is assumed that the Somavamsi Kings were the ones who gifted this pristine temple to Odisha. Based on their predictions it is also said that the Jagannath Temple at Puri shares the same timeline with Rajarani Temple. Furthermore, it was this temple that served as the inspiration for many other temples that sprang up in Central India. Talking about the structure and design of this temple, what makes it a popular tourist attraction are the clusters of turrets and spires that it is blessed with. Another important part of not just this temple but many others is the sanctum also known as Deul or Vimana and the Jagamohana which is the spot from where tourists sightsee the sanctum.
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Best Time to Visit
Bringing with it a pleasing weather are the winter months of October to March that are considered the best time to visit Rajarani Temple.
Nearby Tourist Attractions
- Lingaraj Temple
- Mukteshwar Temple