Rajarani temple was built in the 11th century. This temple is also known as the temple of love and Indreshwara temple. It is in Old Bhubaneswar and has beautiful gardens which are properly maintained.
The temple got its name from a range of sandstones which was used to build it, particularly the yellow and red sandstone. This temple captures the attention of devotees because of its sculptures and gopuram.
The outer walls of this temple have a number of erotic sculptures of couples. Rajarani will easily remind you of the Khajuraho temple.
The architectural beauty of the temple figures and elaborated carvings easily attract a lot of devotees and visitors from all across the country to the temple. You will see also see figures of women looking at a mirror, playing instruments, taking off bracelets and more. These figures are really captivating.
The temple is covered with sculptures of Dikpalas, who are the guardians of the eight directions. You will not see any idol inside the temple, but this temple has a connection with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati whose figures can be seen on the doorjambs.
The Rajarani temple is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India and is located on the Tankapani road. Indian visitors will have to pay Rs 5 for entry, whereas foreign tourists have to pay Rs 100.
Rajarani Music Festival
The three-day annual musical festival, set amidst the premises of the magnificent Rajarani temple, exudes an unmatched charm that lends to the aura of the event. The musical soiree features artists from across the country and is widely sought after by classical music enthusiasts.
The festival is a platform for classical Indian music, be it the sonorous instruments unique to India or the mellifluous genres of vocals in Hindustani, Carnatic, or Odisha’s homegrown Odissi music. The Rajarani Music Festival always encourages and gives our musical heritage the platform to mesmerize the audience.
A Few YouTube Videos on Rajarani Music Festival of Bhubaneshwar :