The ancient city of Osian is famous for its architectural temples that date back to medieval age. It is located at the verge of the Thar Desert, Osiyan can be easily reached from anywhere in Rajasthan. Osian Temple – Jodhpur, is situated about 65 km north of Jodhpur city in a small village Osian. There is an array of about 100 ruined Jain and Hindu temples in the Osian village that back dates to the 8th and 12 century.
The city of Osian is said to have founded by Utpaladeva, who was a Rajput Prince belonging to Pratihara Dynasty. In those times, the city was named as Ukesha or Upkeshapur and was a major religious centre of the kingdom. Out of the many beautifuly architectured temples only 18 shrines are still there unfolding the royal legacy of past. Amongst these temples, Surya (Sun) Temple, Harihara Temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and a Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira get the prime importance. Osian is regarded as a prominent pilgrimage site for Oswal Jain community. Ravages of the time have destroyed these temples to an extent, still their charm attract people to visit the ancient city of Ossian.
Places to visit in Osian
- Surya Temple
- The Mahavira Temple
- The Sachiya Mata Temple
- Hariharan Temples
Surya Temple – Osian Surya Temple traces its origin in the 10th century. As the name suggests, this temple is dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Surya or Sun God. The altar comprises the striking idol of Lord Surya. Visitors can also see the idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga in the main hall. The ceiling of the temple is adorned with the images of serpents coiled around lotus flowers. The life-story is depicted here in the form of murals and scriptures. The structure of this temple is often compared with the Sun Temple at Ranakpur.
The Mahavira Temple – was built by Pratihara King Vatsa in 783 AD and dedicated to Lord Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankara. The main shrine is placed on a high platform made of sandstone. The altar encompasses the idol of Lord Mahavira. In the hall, three balconies make the altar well ventilated. The temple with stunning architecture is considered as an important pilgrimage of the Jains. The main door of the temple is curved with an of young maids on it. The main balcony is adorned with intricately carved pillars and in another balcony one can find a shade of quiet stylish construction.
The Sachiya Mata Temple – The initial structure of Sachiya Mata temple was built in the 8th century. However, the present temple was materialized during the 12th century. SachiyaTemple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Sachi , the wife of Lord Indra (Rain God). Sachi Mata is also known as Indrani. This hisoric temple has two other shrines that are dedicated to Chandi Devi and Amba Mata respectively. The interiors of the temple are decorated with beautiful images and sculptures of deities from the Hindu pantheon. This ancient temple, depicting a perfect example of the medieval architecture is a worth seeing place.
Hariharan Temples – There are three Hariharan temples in Osian. The first two temples were built in the 8th century while the third one was built iin the 9th century. These temples that dates back to the medival period are dedicated to Lord Hariharan, a union of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. All these temples are resplendent with sculptures and are built on a raised platform. The architecture of these temples are quiet different and advanced as compared to the other temples of Osian.
- Location → In Osian, Near Jodhpur
- Dedicated to → Lord Mahavira, Sachi Mata, Lord Surya
- Main Attraction → Temples
- How to reach by Air → the nearest airport – Jodhpur
- How to reach by Rail → Nearest railway station Bikaner and Jodhpur well connected with all metro and major cities
- How to reach by Road → Jodhpur is well connected by road with the major and metro cities, by taking regular buses or hiring taxi from anywhere of Rajasthan