The temple gets its name from the red and yellow sandstone called Rajarani used in its construction. Though mellowed by the passage of time the amber shade of the stones adds to its architectural splendour.
The temple can be traced to 11th century AD, the architecture is markedly resplendent, bold and expressive marks sharp metamorphosis in temple architecture of Odisha. The temple is devoid of any deity, but it is believed to be dedicated to Lord Shiva. The inference can be drawn from the image of Sage Lakulisa (who propagated the Pashupata Sect of Shaivism in Odisha) just above the entrance and below the navagrahas. The other important sculptures which attach it with Lord Shiva are the Shaiva Dwarpalas.
The profusion of ornaments,multiple scroll work, dainty nayikas, erotic carvings, introduction of foliages and the architectural features marks the Rajarani Temple as a sculptural masterpiece. The temple also marks another chapter in the evolution of the Kalinga School of Architecture, in the sense that one can see the imprints of the famous Khajuraho temples here - particularly in the curvilinear super structure and the erotic carvings. The influence can be attributed to the fact that the Somavamsi dynasty migrated to Odisha from Central India.
Rajarani is currently maintained by the ASI , who carried out extensive renovation work of the temple and is a ticketed monument.
Rajarani Music Festival usually held in early February every year. The festival is conducted by Odisha Tourism and is a major festival held in the temple premises. The festival is graced by the doyens of Indian Classical Music, the soft winter chill under the moon lit night with the magnificent temple as the backdrop creates a perfect setting for the connoisseurs of classical music.
|Timings||6.30 AM to 9.00 PM|
For Indian nationals - Rs 15/- per person
For Foreign nationals - Rs.200/- per personEntry is free for children below 15 years of age