Osian Tourism
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Osian Tourism

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  • State: Rajasthan
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • District: Jodhpur
The town of Osian is located in the Jodhpur District of Rajasthan. Lying in the Great Thar Desert, the town is situated at a distance of 65 km north of the district headquarters at Jodhpur. Known as Khajuraho of Rajasthan, the ancient city of Ukeshpur is a gateway to the Great Thar Desert and is linked with Reggies Camel Camps.

The origin of Osian traces back to the Hindu God Rama. The destination witnessed the rule of Rathore, Rajputs and the British. Dotted with temples all over, the township adjacent to the Thar Desert in the Jodhpur District provides an opportunity to explore the rural lifestyle and culture of Rajasthan.

Camel safari in Osian through the ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples is one of the chief attractions of the township. The destination is mainly inhabited by Hindi, Marwari and Rajasthani speaking populace. The culture of Osian is reflected in its folk dance, folk music and the colourful costumes. During the Marwar festival, the town comes alive.  

An important Jain pilgrimage for the Oswal Jain community, the Mahavira Temple of 783 AD is the most ancient testimony in the region built by Gurjara Pratihara King Vatsaraja. The ancient town was the religious centre of the Marwar Kingdom during the reign of the Pratihara Dynasty. The prominent shrine of Osiyan is referred to as the Swastika, a mythological symbol of good luck.

One of the highlights of the town is the temple complex that comprises 18 shrines. The shrines are renowned for artwork and carvings on the elegant sculptures. These temples, which include the Sachiya Mata Temple and Jain Temple, are built using red sandstone with Mahavira as the revered deity. The religious testaments such as Sun Temple and the Kali Temple are notable for their architectural style and traditions.

Osian lies in proximity to the city of Jodhpur, which is connected with National Highway 11 and can be reached through buses. Osian railway station is served by the North Western Railway line of Jodhpur Phalodi. Flights are available to Jodhpur Airport, which is situated at a distance of 70 km from the town. Indira Gandhi International Airport of Delhi is the closest international airbase to the town, which is connected with major cities of India and international destinations.

Situated close to the desert, Osian experiences extremely hot summers and mild winters. The destination experiences its peak season during the festive season of January to March. Besides, weather conditions also remain pleasant during these months.

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Vipul

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"Religious place which is also famous for desert camps"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This was our second day in Jodhpur and we decided to start it the religious way. Off we went to sachiya Mata temple in osian village who is our kuldevi. The place is 60 kms away from Jodhpur and the roads are good for a pleasant drive. We hired a cab and went to the temple which was luckily empty. While There were too many stairs to be climbed to reach the temple, the stairs had beautifully carved arches to make the ascent exciting. The temple is an old classic and is very peaceful. No photography allowed inside. Sachiya mata, also referred to as osian is the mother goddess of people from many regions of the country. (Mostly is known to be origin of Oswald jains) This place is frequented by foreigners too due to its architectural bliss. Food and stay options are there but limited so plan your travel accordingly.
Alternative plan : post visiting the temple you could also plan to stay back in the desert camps of osian village. They offer events like camel safari, folk dance, bonfire at night, jeep safari. We didn't opt for it since we didn't have that much time.
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Rajan Shah

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"Divine place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 12, 2016
The town of Osian is located approximately 60 Km from Jodhpur and easily accessible from there. Jodhpur is well connected to all the major cities of the country through Air, Road and Railways. Osian is one of the most important Jain pilgrimage for the Oswal Jain community. The Mahavira Temple of 783 AD is the most ancient testimony in the region.

There are several shrines/ temples in the town - all of them are renowned for artwork and carvings on the elegant sculptures. These temples, which include the Sachiya Mata Temple and Jain Temple, are built using red sandstone.

The Sachiya Mata Temple is easily one of the best places I've ever been to. It is said that "Oswal Jain Community" is originated at this place. Being a Oswal Jain, visiting this place was a thrilling experience. Temple of Sachiya Mata is spectacular. Calm, serene, clean and has great architecture.

The moment you step into the temple, you will forget all the worries and feel the aura of temple. Darshan of Mataji is an overwhelming experience.
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