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Osian

 

Osian is a city that was once the capital of Marwar. It is located 65 kms away from Jodhpur. It an ancient town located in the north district of the headquarters of Jodhpur. This city is known for its several Jain temples and Brahmanical temples. These temples were made in the 12th and 8th century. All the temples here were constructed in such a way that all of them face the west direction. They are one of the best examples of the architectural marvels. There are a lot of tourists that visit this place. One of the most old and respected temples here is the Sun temple. In addition you can also visit the Mahavir temple and the other three famous temples that are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. All these temples are a must visit. Osian is a place that is known by various names such as 'Khajuraho' of Rajasthan and also as 'Oasis of Thar desert'.

There are a lot of sightseeing places that you can visit when you are in Osian.

Mahavir temple:

This temple was built in the year 783 ad. it is a beautiful temple that was constructed by Pratihara king Vatsa. For the Jain people this is an important pilgrimage center. The temple is dedicated to lord Mahavir. The important place in this temple is located on the high platform that is made up of sandstone. Many tourists visit this temple to experience its great piece of architecture that features beautiful carved pillars. When you visit the temple you will get to see the impression of the young maidens on the entrance of the temple.

Sachiya Mata Temple:

This temple was built in the 8th century. The temple is dedicated to Sachi Mata which is also known as Indrani (Rain God). This goddess of was the wife of Lord Indra. The temple is beautifully sculpted and its arches of its entrance take the devotees of the temple in the interior. The temple features attractive sculptures and images of the Hindu deities. It also bears the sculpture of the Lord Varaha. The Sachiya Mata temple sets a great example of the medieval architecture. 

Surya Temple:

The surya temple was built in the 10th century. The temple is dedicated to Lord Sun. This temple has some semblance of the Sun Temple that is located in Ranakpur. You will get to see the beautiful idol of Lord Surya that is placed in the sanctum of the temple complex. 

Vishnu Temple:

this temple was built in the 9th century it is a worth visiting temple in Osian. The most appealing feature of this temple is the beautifully carved Mandap. Near the temple you will get to see Ganesh Pillar and Baori.

You can reach the Osian city through airways. The town is located near Jodhpur airport. It is 65kms away from Jodhpur. After reaching the airport you can hire a taxi. By road this city very well connected to the important cities of Rajsthan. Some of the important cities that are connected well with the roads are Jaisalmer 237kms, Jodhpur 65kms, Khimsar 60 kms and Bikaner 210 kms.

 

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