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Rajarani Temple

Rajarani temple is one of the most renowned temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha. It is made from the wonderful red and gold sand stone, which is locally known as Rajarani and this is what gives the temple its name of ‘Raja Rani’. Its unconventional name is perhaps derived from the history of its origins. It is believed that king Udayata Keshari built this temple to honuor the wish of his mother. Rajarani temple of Bhubaneshwar is dedicated to Lord Brahma. The origin of this temple can be dated back to 11 century.
Raja Rani Temple Bhubaneshwar
The pillars of the temple are decorated superbly. Although there are images of gods and goddesses but there is no deity in the temple. Raja Rani temple is an elegant example of great art and architecture. The sensuous beauty of the female from and the sweetness of flowers and fruits are enhanced by the artist’s dexterous skill.
The highlight of the temple is the fine sculptures of dikpalas or guardians of the eight directions carved around the shrine. The sculptural images adorning its facade and interiors are simply outstanding. Females are portrayed in different postures,like holding the child in their arms, holding mirror in their hand, etc. There is no other temple of this kind in the entire state of Orissa. Rajarani temple has also been ornamented with marvelous artistic sculptural carvings and stands enclosed within a beautiful garden.

History 
Raja Rani Temple in Bhubaneshwar was constructed in the 10th an 11th century from reddish gold sandstone called 'Rajarani' in the local dialect. The temple has a lot of historical importance.

Description of Raja Rani Temple Bhubaneshwar
Placed amidst swaying paddy fields and bounded by blooming flowers in Old Bhubaneswar, the Rajarani Temple is an elegantly built temple. It is adorned from all sides by spires and fine clusters of turrets. The sculpture of the temple is beyond compare and is quite energetic and alive. The colossal spires are of the most innovative ones and incorporated in building this temple. The most striking feature of this temple is the 'Guardians of the Eight Directions' that protrude from the base of the temple in the eight directions. The eight guardians are namely: Indra, Agni, Yama, Nirriti, Varuna, Vayu, Kubera and Ishana.

How to reach

Through Air -There are regular Indian Airlines flights moving to Hyderabad, Nagpur, Kolkata, Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai and Chennai. The airport here is very close to town.

Through Railways - the city of Bhubaneswar is on the main Kolkata to Chennai line so all the main trains stop here. The Howrah-Bangalore Rail and Guwahati-Bangalore go to Bangalore. The Coromandel Express is also good train going to Chennai. And even there are direct trains to Delhi, Agra, Remuna, and Varanasi. The Rajdhani Express here departs from Delhi one day a week on Friday to Bhubaneswar. The Puri-New Delhi Express is a good train to Delhi.

Through Roadways - the best way to get from Bhubaneswar to Puri is on one of the Canter minibuses that leave from the old bus station in the center of town and even there are buses available from the new bus stand. There is a direct bus to Konark too. One can also traval from Puri buses to Pipli and from there get another bus to Konark.

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