Rajarani Temple is an 11th-century Hindu temple in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, India. We believe the original name of the temple is Indreswara. Locals call it a "love temple" because of the erotic carvings of women and couples in the temple. Rajarani Temple is in the Pancha Ratha style on a raised platform with two structures: a central shrine called the vimana (sanctum) with a Bada (curvilinear spire) and a viewing hall called Jagamohan (or Jaganmohan) with a pyramidal roof.
The temple is made of soft red and yellow sandstone locally called "Rajarani." There are no images inside the sanctum, and hence it is not associated with a specific sect of Hinduism but broadly classified as Saivite based on the niches.
Recently, we visited the Rajarani temple and made an excellent video to show off what we saw there.
How to reach the Rajarani temple?
Rajarani temple on the Tankapani road, Bhubaneswar. The highway connects Rabi Talkies square with the Sai Temple. If you are coming from Puri, towards Bhubaneswar, at Rabi Talkies square, take a right (left if you are coming from Cuttack to Puri). After 200 meters, you can find the Rajarani temple on the right side.
You have to pay for your visit.
The archaeological site comes under the Archaeological Survey of India, and you have to buy the entry ticket. You can find the ticket counter at the left side of the main entrance from where you need to collect your entry ticket. While writing this article, the ticket price was Rs. 25/- per head.
What to expect once you enter the site
After getting your entry ticket, you can enter the temple through the entrance point on the front side. Inside the boundary of Rajarani temple, there is a beautiful and well-maintained lawn, a nice corridor separating the garden, few people doing the daily maintenance work, the chariot-shaped main temple, and the pyramid-shaped Jaganmohan. There is an excellent place for visitors to sit in front of the main temple.
Once you enter, the first thing you can do is, show the ticket to the security guard waiting at the left side of the entrance point, and you are good to explore the place.
Dos & don'ts
While photography by the general public is allowed inside the temple complex, videography is not permitted. For that, you have to get special permission from the temple office. The temple office has coined this rule due to the continued misuse of things inside the temple complex.
The site is an archaeological site and is 800 years old. Hence, everything you see inside the temple complex is of high importance. So please do not try to destroy anything inside.