Osian, is the tiniest of Dots in the heart of a Desert District of Rajasthan, India.
Located about 65 kms from Jodhpur , Osian is a tiny tot of a town, nay overgrown village, now famous due to the discovery of spectacular Hindu and Jain temples from the 8th Century A.D.
Repeated Invasions from Central India from 12th century onwards laid to waste the once thriving centre of trade and the temples were forgotten in the dust of time.
When you drive along the Highway from Jodhpur to Kichan ( do read my blog THE WINTER GUESTS and A FEAST) you will see many temples still in a state of ruin, see the picture below.
I strongly recommend you take 1-3 hours off your hectic schedules when you visit Jodhpur or Jaisalmer and have look at these Amazing beauties cast in Stone.
The exquisitely carved spire of the Main Temple is dedicated to Sachya Mata , who is worshipped by all communities in the region.
Do observe the gorgeous Lord Ganesha statue in the foreground.
The Sudarshan Chakra ( or the Wheel of Time) atop one of the intricate Temple spires clearly indicates the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
The Vishnu Temple is adorned with amazing Sculptures depicting various Mythological Tales from ancient Sanskrit scriptures.
Unfortunately invaders from Central Asia during the 12th Century have mutilated a majority of the fascinating sculptures.
The detailed and magnificent Central sculpture depicts the story of Lord Narsimhan ( A Lion Headed Avatar of Lord Vishnu) who brings and end to the Demon Hrinyakshyap by placing him on his thighs and disemboweling him. ( do read the entire fascinating story laden with symbolism and messages) .
It marks the End of Evil and Victory of Good.
The featured Image has two striking Symbols which indicate to whom the temple is dedicated to, one is the Lion and second is the Trishul or the trident.
The Lion is the vehicle of Goddess Parvati who is the consort of Lord Shiva ( bearer of the Trishul)
Osian has a vast library of outstanding temples and sculptures, each of which reveals the mysteries of the past and the Glorious skills of Medieval India.