Osian Temples in India - Tour Guides for Osian with Photos.
Ways of travelling to see the Osian Temples.
Located out in the Thar Desert at just over 60 kilometres northwest of Jodhpur, Osian is the location of several Brahman and Jain Temples and is a particularly important Jain pilgrimage centre for the Oswal Jain community.
If staying at Jodhpur then the simplest way to visit Osian is by hiring a car and driver for the day. However it's worth noting that if you are eventually continuing an India tour by travelling on from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer by car it is easily possible to visit these beautiful Osian temples on the way by taking the appropriate route clearly shown on maps (National Highway 11). There are also buses leaving from Roadways Bus Stop, NH 65, Jai Narain Vyas University which is close to Bhagat Ki Kothi railway
station in Jodhpur. These buses go out to Osian with the trip taking around 90 minutes.
Osian Town is dominated by the 12th Century Sachiya Mata Temple - there is no charge to enter the temple area although donations are of course appreciated. As is usual when visiting active temples you have to leave your shoes off at the bottom of the steps and be suitably dressed.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]
Note that there are many steps up to the actual temple and it's quite a steep climb. The main temple area is really enclosed and can be a little difficult to actually look round
not least because parts are fenced off or have iron grills. This also means that taking photos of the actual building structure is somewhat problematic. However the
outer area not only has really good views of the surrounding village buildings and desert but also has quite a few smaller shrines and temples.
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