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.
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.