Welcome to Osian
The ancient Thar Desert town of Osian, 65km north of Jodhpur, was an important trading centre between the 8th and 12th centuries. Known as Upkeshpur, it was dominated by the Jains, whose wealth left a legacy of exquisitely sculpted, well-preserved temples. The Mahavira Temple surrounds an image of the 24th tirthankar (great Jain teacher), formed from sand and milk. Sachiya Mata Temple is an impressive walled complex where both Hindus and Jains worship.
Osian, along with Jodhpur, co-hosts the Marwar Festival, a colourful display of Rajasthani folk music, dance and costume held every September/October.