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    Best time to Visit Osian Osiyan: Jan,Feb,Nav,dec

    Category : Adventure: Desert Trek,Camping
    History/heritage: History & Heritage

    Duration(days) : 1 Days

    Description

    Osian is an ancient town located at a distance of 70 kms from Jodhpur. 
    Osian is referred as an oasis in the Thar Desert, and is popularly known as the "Khajuraho of Rajasthan" for its beautiful temples.  
     
    Osian is famous for ruined Hindu and Jain temples of 8th to 11th centuries.

    Osian city was a major religious centre of the kingdom of Marwar during the Gurjara Pratihara dynasty. Most of the temples were destroyed and the city was deserted when the army of Muhammad of Ghor attacked the town in 1195. 

    Some of the famous ruined temples worth exploring now are: Sachiya Mata Temple, Sun Temple, Harihara temple, and the cluster of Jain temples.

     

    Apart from the temples, the beautiful sand dunes of Osian is popular for camel safaris and desert camps. Venturing out on camel one can meet the local tribes and watch the folk dance on the vast desert sands.


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    Sand Dunes and Camel safari

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    The beautiful sand dunes of Osian is popular for camel safaris and desert camps. People usually prefer to stay at Osian in desert camps/tents and feel the real Rajasthan. Camel safaris in the evening, with the setting sun is another popular activity in Osian. Venturing out on camel one can meet the local tribes and watch the folk dance on the vast desert sands.
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      Sachiya Mata Temple / Sacchayee Mata temple / Shri Osiya mataji

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      Sachiya Mata Temple is a beautifully architectured temple dedicated to Goddess Sacchayee Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. This temple complex has other small shrines around it. For entering the Sachiya Mata temple complex, one can use a series of magnificently sculpted arches.
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        Sun temple / Surya Temples

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        Sun temple complex is an architectural splendour and is a major tourist attraction. The structure of the temple is often compared with the Sun Temple at Ranakpur. These temples were constructed in 10th century and is dedicated to Sun god.
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          Mahavira Jain Temple

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          Jain Temples are approximately 15 kms from Ossian. There were around 108 temples at ancient time; right now only few remain. The most fascinating one is the Mahavira temple. It is dedicated to the last (24th) Jain Prophet. The main temple was constructed around 775 A.D. The entire temple complex has beautifully carved pillars, roofs and gateways. The Mahavira temple is considered as an important pilgrimage of the Jains.
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            Harihara Temples

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            Ossian has three Harihara temples, dedicated to Lord Harihara (A union of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu). These temples were built between 8th to 9th century. The temples are filled with richly carved sculptures. Almost every space in the temples is sculpted to a great extent.
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              Other temples in Osian

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              Most of the temples in Osian are in ruined state. Some of the other noteworthy temples are Pippala Devi Temple, Vishnu Temple and Kali temple.
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                By Air
                Nearest Airport is at Jodhpur (60 kms)

                 

                By Train
                Nearest Railway Station is at Osian and Jodhpur.

                 

                By Road
                Osian is at a distance of  69 km from Jodhpur, on a diversion off the main Jodhpur – Bikaner Highway.