Rajarani temple, music festival

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The temple

Rajarani Temple is an 11th-century Hindu temple located in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha (Orissa previously), 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. Rajarani Temple is built in the pancharatha style on a raised platform with two structures: a central shrine called the vimana (sanctum) with a bada (curvilinear spire) over its roof rising to a height of 18 m (59 ft), and a viewing hall called jagamohana with a pyramidal roof. The temple was constructed of dull red and yellow sandstone locally called "Rajarani". There are no images inside the sanctum, and hence it is not associated with a specific sect of Hinduism but broadly classified as Saivite based on the niches. (--From Sohini Roychowdhury Dasgupta )


Rajarani Music Festival

18th- 20th January

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Odisha is a land of arts, crafts, literature, dance and music. The people of Odisha have always expressed their quest for creativity in any and every form.

The Rajarani Music Festival held in the beautiful courtyard of the exotic Rajarani Temple in Bhubaneswar is one such occasion to celebrate the richness and originality of Indian classical music.

Evening concerts by great maestros of Indian Classical music fill the air with enchanting chimes. When these experts play on their musical instruments the listeners get captivated by the soul-lifting music.

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