A flourishing desert town in the ancient times, Osian lay on an important desert trail that was a significant trade route. Set out on a tour to Osian located at a distance of 55 kilometers from the main Jodhpur city and treat yourself to acres of gold dunes with glittering blue-green peacocks dancing on them.
Famous for its temples, Osian showcases the splendor of Rajasthan, India. Some of the Jain and Hindu temples in Osian date back to as far back as the 8th century. The ruins and temples in Osian give you a fair glimpse into the bustling life of the Gujara Pratiharas.
The exotic sculptures at the Osian temples are fair indicators of the regular lifestyle of the people of those times. Their clothes, ornaments, daily activities etc. are very well depicted in brilliantly painted frescoes and fantastically carved sculptures.
A common aspect noticeable at the ancient temple ruins of Osian is the fact that there are a large number of colorful frescoes representing the life and childhood feats of the Hindu deity Lord Krishna.
The Pratihara Dynasty Temple Complex is a must visit on your Osian tours. The entire temple complex is perched on a sandstone terrace with ornate walls decorated with carved panels, miniature paintings and exquisite mouldings.
The massive doorways and arches located all over Osian are intricately carved with mythological lores mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures. See the Surya Temple and the Sachiya Mata Temple in Osian, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.
Thus, an excursion to Osian, an enchanting desert Oasis located in the heart of the massive Thar brings you into a paradisiacal land dotted with intricately carved temples with the golden dunes of the formidable Thar in the backdrop.