Rajarani Temple, Bhubaneswar

Admire exquisite erotic carvings at Rajarani Temple, a landmark Hindu temple in Bhubaneswar made from reddish-gold sandstone. With compact but exuberant architectural features, this gem of stonemasonry offers a 360-degree visual treat, serving as a model for many other temples in central India. Built in the 10th century, the temple is locally known as the “love temple” because of its famous images of couples making love. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the structure features an elegant sculpture of the god on the walls of the sanctum. The temple also has a large viewing hall and an 18 m (59 ft) tall tower. Take a look at our Bhubaneswar road trip planning site to schedule your visit to Rajarani Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • October 4, 2017
    The Rajarani temple is a unique temple for the reason that it has no deity inside...however it has awesome architecture dating back to the 11th Century. Any one visiting Bhubaneswar must visit the tem...  more »
  • September 10, 2017
    It's really nice architecture...and yes one of the gem in odisha's temple country... unique art work...it's not actually temple where puja not takes place...it's converted in govt park.... overall rea...  more »
  • September 7, 2017
    Rajarani temple is located at a little distance from the famous Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar.It is famous for its beautiful art and architecture ,glorifying the then unique ,marvellous Odissan archi...  more »
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  • September 11, 2017
    Nice place for evening walk. Full of greenery. I personally love this place.
  • September 11, 2017
    Rajarani Temple is an 11th-century Hindu temple  located in Bhubaneswar , the capital city of Odisha,India. The temple is believed to have been known originally as Indreswara. It is locally known as a "love temple" because of the erotic carvings of women and couples in the temple.
  • July 6, 2017
    A temple without a deity ! Typical example of Kalinga architecture, albeit small in size. Maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. Not much of crowd gives you all the time to closely examine the historical creation.
  • May 27, 2017
    Rajarani temple is also known as Love Temple. Made in 1102 AD, it is 58 feet high and is unique for it's Kalinga Chariot style architecture. The material used is red and light yellow sandstone which is symbolic of King and Queen from which it derives it's name. The "Love Temple" bit comes from the unique life like dancing statues of male female dancers. The temple doesn't have dedicated idols of gods and goddesses unlike other Hindu temple. But the gods from the Hindu pantheon like Varuna, Indra and others figure prominently in it's walls. The beautiful large well kept lawn in front of the temple gives it a superb dimension. You will fall in love with the place.
  • May 31, 2017
    Beautiful temple, in beautiful grounds. Non-Indians get charged 200 rupees though - which I thought was a little expensive...especially considering the fact that the guy taking the money didn't want to issue me a ticket. I would imagine there might be some skullduggery going on here... Still - that doesn't detract from the place - amazing.

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Accommodating large numbers of pilgrims year-round, Bhubaneswar offers a variety of options for overnight stays. A wide array of hotels grouped between Nanpath Road and CTC Road and northwest to Nandan Kanan Road give a range choice for everyone’s budget. Luxurious four-star hotels are located away from the city’s bustle and have beach view. With many universities in town, Bhubaneswar offers a wide range of low-budget accommodations. Inexpensive government- or state tourism-run hotels and hostels, guest houses and youth hostels are scattered around town.
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