(Last Updated on : 25/01/2009)
Osian or Osiyan is an ancient city that is approximately 65 Kms from Jodhpur
. The city has a number of temples and is a famous tourist spot. Osian in Rajasthan is considered as an oasis in the desert of Rajasthan. In the 8th -12th centuries the town was a great trading center. The city was a major religious centre during the era of Pratihara dynasty
. It is an important Jain pilgrimage center for Oswal Jain community.
History of Osian
The city was named `Ossian` after the legendary Scottish poet of the third century. He was credited of being the author of ancient lines handed down from generation to generation by word of mouth.
The city of Osian in Rajasthan is an important pilgrimage center for Jains. The famous Mahavira Temple built by Pratihara King Vatsa Raja in AD 783 is an important piligriamge center. Osian was described as an ornament of the desert. In the olden times Ossian was an important flourishing town.
In 1846, William Craig, John Ogden and Squire LaFever laid out the town of Ossian. The official incorporation date of the town was March 14, 1850. It was at that time the trustees officially named the town.
Places of interest in Ossian , Rajasthan
Osian is an industrial town. The modern industrial park is home to engineering and manufacturing companies for products such as tool and die, plastic gas tanks, seats for trucks and import of bath fixtures just to name a few. The main attractions of the city are its temples that have stood the test of time. The main temples are the Sachiya Mata Temple, Surya Temples, Harihara Temples, Pipplala Temples, Shiv Mandir and the Vishnu Temple