Osian also known as the ‘Khajuraho of Rajasthan’, has earned this name due to its many temples, some of which are very erotic. It is an ancient temple city located 65 kms north of Jodhpur , in the state of Rajasthan in western India.
Surrounded by golden sand dunes and hamlets, Osian, located 65 km north of Jodhpur, is famous for its Hindu and Jain temples and is known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthandue to the erotic sculptures on the temples. A prominent trading center on the Silk Route from the 8th to the 12th century AD, Osian was also a major pilgrimage site during the Gurjara Pratihara dynasty, who ruled much of northern India from the 6th to the 11th centurty and was known as Upakesapura.
A famous pilgrimage site of the Oswal Jain community, most of the shrines and temples in Osian lie in ruins today.
Among the most famous tourist attractions of the village are the 16 temples that include Sachiya Mata temple, Sun temple, Mahaveera Jain temple, etc dating back to the 8th to the 11th century. With their intricate carvings, the Sun Temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavir stand out in their grace and architecture.
Apart from the temples, Osian is also popular for camel safaris.