LOCATION: Bhubaneswar Odisha
ESTABLISHED BY: Somavamsi kings
KNOWN FOR: Indreshwar Temple
The temple is known originally as Indreswara. it is locally called a “love temple” due to the erotic carvings of women and couples within the temple. Rajarani Temple a Hidden Beauty in Odisha is made in the Pancharatha style on a raised platform with two structures a central shrine called the sanctum with a curvilinear spire over its roof rising to a height of 18 m (59 ft), and a viewing hall called with a pyramidal roof. The temple was constructed of lifeless red and yellow sandstone locally called “Rajarani”. There are not any images inside the sanctum, and hence it’s not related to a selected sect of Hinduism but broadly classified as Saivite based on the niches.
Various historians place the initial construction date between the 11th and 12th centuries and have placed it roughly belonging to a similar period as the Jagannath Temple at Puri. The architecture of other temples in central India may have originated with this temple, The notable ones being the Khajuraho temples and Totesvara Mahadeo temple in Kadawa. There are various sculptures within the walls around the temple, and therefore the vimana, depicting scenes of the wedding of Shiva, Nataraja, Parvati, and include tall, slender, sophisticated Nayikas in various roles and moods like turning their head from an emaciated ascetic, fondling her child, holding a branch of a tree, getting to her toilet, looking into a mirror, beginning her anklet, caressing her pet bird and playing an instrument.
The temples have two parts namely the deul and the other is called Jagamohana.The initial deul were without the jagamohana as seen in a number of the older temples in Bhubaneswar while the later temples had two additional structures namely nata-mandapa and bhoga-mandapa .The vimana is square in plan, and the walls are variegated by ressaults (called rathas or pagas). Amalaka, a stone disk with ridges on the rim, is placed over the bada of the temple. Rajarani Temple stands on a raised platform. The temple was constructed of lifeless red and yellow sandstone locally called “Rajarani”.
Historian M. M. Ganguly examined the Khuraprista , described the temple may be dedicated to Vishnu.Mostly Shiva temples in Bhubaneswar end with “Iswara” like Parasurameswara, Brahmesvara, and Mitresvara. But Rajarani Temple has a peculiar name and no images of any deity inside the sanctum. There are certain features of the temple which indicates a Saivite origin like the presence of Saiva doorkeepers: Prachanda and Chanda, Dvaraplawith jatamukha, and a garland of skulls reaching up to[clarification needed]and a snake. K. C. Panigrahi believes that supported the Ekamra Purana, the temple was originally called Indrevara which it had been positioned to the east of Siddheswara Temple. The image of Lakulisha,seated posture with yogamuthra along side his disciples, is found within the lintel of the jagamohana. Images of eight bearded ascetics are arranged on each side of the pictures of Lakulisha. A carving depicting the wedding of Shiva and Parvathi is on the western side[clarification needed] below the central niche. The presence of Naga and Nagini at the doorway led to an area belief that it’s the king (Raja) and queen (Rani) who are related to the temple, resulting in the name Rajarani, but this belief isn’t accepted by historians.
BEST TIME TO VISIT THE TEMPLE
The Rajarani temple is open from 7:00 am till 5:00 pm. One requires a minimum of one or two hours to explore the temple. the foremost striking feature of the temple is its striking architecture. the whole exterior of the temple is crammed with beautiful carvings.
HOW TO REACH
If your are Planning to visit Raja Rani Temple,Air & Rail & Road Option can ebe performed.
You can board flight from many part of India to Bhubaneswar .Distance between Bhubaneswar Airport and Rajarani Temple is only 4 kms .
The nearest railway stations to Raja Rani temple is approx 4 km is Bhubaneswar Station .
Open throughout the week: 7 AM to 5 PM