Osian (Osiyan), also known as the 'Khajuraho of Rajasthan', has earned this name due to its many temples, some of which are very erotic. It is an ancient temple city located 65 kms north of Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan in western India.
This place is of utmost significance to the Jains and the Hindus as some of their most important shrines lie in this beautiful city. Amongst the many temples that this town is host to, the ones that stand out in their beauty and grandeur are the Surya or Sun Temple, the Sachiya Mata Temple and the main Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira. Endowed with golden sand dunes all around, one can get a majestic aerial view of this place from the Sachiya Mata Temple.
Sachiya Mata Temple
Sachiya Mata Temple of Osian is situated on a hill, towards the north-east of the Mahavira Temple is the most preferred attraction of the city. It is dedicated to the wife of Lord Indra, Goddess Sachiya Mata who is of equal significance to both Jains and Hindus.
The Surya temple, located in Osian, Jodhpur District of Rajasthan, India is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya as the name suggests. There is an open mandap around the temple which is mainly used for weddings and other ritual ceremonies that are held in the temple. The structure resembles with the Sun Temple at Ranakpur.
The Kali Temple is an ancient temple of the town, with its history dating back to 8th century AD. The temple is dedicated to Devi Kali who symbolizes empowerment and is a form of Goddess Durga.
The Mahavira Temple
In the center of the temple lies the gigantic 32 inch sandstone statue of Lord Mahavira in the padmasana posture. The Main sanctum Sanctorum and the temple is surrounded by around 8-9 smaller shrines in the inner courtyard. Each of the these shrines have beautifully crafted statues all over the walls.
Harihara Temples, are a conglomeration of three temples dedicated to Lord Harihara. Located in the southern part of the town of Osian and the type of workmanship and architecture reflecting here are a class apart from the other temples of Osian.