The Rajarani Temple in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, was built between the 10th an 11th century from reddish gold sandstone known as Rajarani in the local parlance. It is also contended that the temple was initially known as Indreswara Temple devoted to the worship of Lord Shiva though the temple oddly lacks in a presiding deity.
Set amidst swaying paddy fields and surrounded by blooming flowers in Old Bhubaneswar, the Rajarani Temple is seen as a step forward from the changes introduced in the construction of the small but elegant Mukteswara Temple.
Like Mukteswara Temple, Rajarani Temple stands on a raised platform. Its spire is decorated with clusters of turrets (replication of the spire itself) emerging form the rib of the spire. The sculptures on the Rajarani Temple have a depth that was lacking in the Mukteswara Temple sculptures. The Jagamohana (porch) though demonstrating a pyramidal structure is yet to take on as a complete structure of its own. It bears signs of repair in 1903 when it collapsed into ruins.
The square sanctum is typically of the later temples built at Puri and Bhubaneswar white the gateway (torana) guarded by two pillars draped in snakes is plain to the extent that it appears to be incomplete as against the ornate deul of the Rajarani Temple that also marks the advent of colossal spires. You too can study the evolution of Kalinga School of architecture or simply marvel at the sculptures vertically elongated as compared to the prior horizontal depictions.
The sculptures adorning the walls of the deul are alive and energetic. Especially attractive are the sculptures of women in dance poses that hint at the practice of Odissi dance, coquettish women, women carrying children, looking at their reflection in the mirror or playing becomingly with birds and nature.
You too can see the 'Guardians of the Eight Directions' projecting from the base of the temple in the eight directions, starting from the gateway in a clockwise direction around the porch and the deul to end back at the torana. The eight guardians that you'll see on your tour to the Rajarani Temple with Tourism of Orissa tour packages are Indra (god of rain), Agni (god of fire), Yama (god of death), Nirriti (god of suffering), Varuna (god of ocean), Vayu (god of wind), Kubera (god of wealth) and Ishana (Shiva).