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Sachiya Mata Temple

Sachiya Mata Temple Ossian

The Ossian Sachiya Mata temple near Jodhpur was originally built in the 8th century. However, the temple complex that now stands dates back to the 12th century. The Sachiya Mata Osiyan Temple in Rajasthan is dedicated to Sachi Mata. Sachi Mata, also known as Indrani, was the consort of the rain-god Indra. According to the legend, Indra married her for her voluptuousness. The main shrine, along with the other two temples - the Chandi Ka Mandir and the Amba Mata Mandir, was constructed around circa 1178.

For entering the Sachiya Mata temple complex, one can use a series of magnificently sculpted arches. The temple complex was built in several phases, rather than in one go. Inside it are beautiful images and sculptures of Hindu deities. Located at the north-end of the complex is a sculpture of Varaha (boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu). And to the east is an image of Vishnuji with Lakshmiji. Lying to the west is a stone slab coming out of the walls, full of sculptures.

The latest additions to the temple were carried on in the 12th century. Since then the temple has remained unchanged. The temple is a beauty of architecture. It is an architectural splendor that can be compared to any other throughout India.

 

Sachiya Mata Temple

Sachiya Mata Temple II - Osian, Rajasthan

 

Ossian Jodhpur, Rajasthan

The Ossian city near Jodhpur, Rajasthan is an ancient city lying in ruins. It is approximately 65 Kms from Jodhpur. The main attractions of this city are its temples that have gracefully stood the test of time. They are beautifully designed and constructed. The main ones of the Osiyan Temples in Jodhpur, India are:

Ossian Jain Temples Jodhpur
There are approximately 15 Ossian Jain temples near Jodhpur. The most fascinating one of the Jain Osiyan temples in Rajasthan is the Mahavira temple. It is dedicated to the last (24th) Jain Prophet. The main temple was constructed around 775 A.D. And till about 15th century, the other smaller shrines were being added to the main complex.

Ossian holds a great significance for the Jain community. This is so because the Oswal Jains (a rich trading community) came from Ossian. Thus, deriving their name from this town. It is because of the donations of these Oswals only that so many temples were constructed. Even their upkeep was possible because of due participation of Oswals.

The entrance to the temple complex has carvings of beautiful maidens on it. The roof is also beautifully decorated. The terrace on which the temple stands is built up of sandstone. The main Mahavira temple has an inner sanctum and three balconied windows. The main porch of the temple has beautifully ornate pillars. And the second porch, which was later added on, has more stylish construction. The other Jain temples are quite smaller and are uniform to some an extent. Only little differentiation can be seen among them.

Sachiya Mata Temple Ossian
The Ossian Sachiya Mata temple near Jodhpur was originally built in the 8th century. However, the temple complex that now stands dates back to the 12th century. The Sachiya Mata Osiyan Temple in Rajasthan is dedicated to Sachi Mata. Sachi Mata, also known as Indrani, was the consort of the rain-god Indra. According to the legend, Indra married her for her voluptuousness. The main shrine, along with the other two temples - the Chandi Ka Mandir and the Amba Mata Mandir, was constructed around circa 1178.

For entering the Sachiya Mata temple complex, one can use a series of magnificently sculpted arches. The temple complex was built in several phases, rather than in one go. Inside it are beautiful images and sculptures of Hindu deities. Located at the north-end of the complex is a sculpture of Varaha (boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu). And to the east is an image of Vishnuji with Lakshmiji. Lying to the west is a stone slab coming out of the walls, full of sculptures.

The latest additions to the temple were carried on in the 12th century. Since then the temple has remained unchanged. The temple is a beauty of architecture. It is an architectural splendor that can be compared to any other throughout India.

Surya Temples Ossian
The Ossian Surya Temples near Jodhpur was constructed in the 10th century. It is quite similar to the Sun Temple at Ranakpur. Surya Osiyan Temples in Rajasthan are dedicated to the Sun god, Surya. The inner complex of the temple houses the statue Surya. Also within the temple complex are the sculptures of the Ganeshji and Durga Mata. There is also an open mandap (a platform for wedding and other ceremonial rituals) in the temple.

The first Surya temple, dating back to the 8th century, has been incorporated into the Sachiya Mata temple complex. On its ceilings are images of serpents curled around lotus flowers. Below it is portrayed the life-story of Lord Krishna. Quite opposite to this, the entrance has erotic images of couples clutching each other in amorous embraces.

Inspite of all the beauty and splendor, the Ossian Surya Temples are ignored. The grace of the temples is slowly fading away due to neglect. The apathy is causing the temples to loose their sheen.

Harihara Temples Ossian
There are three Ossian Harihara temples near Jodhpur. These temples are dedicated to Lord Harihara (A union of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu). The first two of the Harihara Osiyan Temples in Rajasthan were constructed in the 8th century. On the other hand, the third one was added in 9th century. The temples are raised on huge plinths. Almost every space in the temples is sculpted to a great extent.

However, one thing worth noticing in the Harihara temples is that the architecture is far more advanced than some of the other temples in Ossian. The pillar sculptures of the porch are especially quite complex. Another fact, a sad one, about these temples is that time has had its bad effect on them. For example, the first temple has witnessed much ruination of its ornamentation. It is now only left with its beautiful archway and the porch columns of the shrines.

Pippala Devi Temple Ossian
The Ossian Pippala Devi Temple near Jodhpur relates to the 9th century and was constructed in the early part of the century. It is a minor temple as compared to the other Ossian Temples. But still, it is worth visiting.

The temple has an open-air mandap (a platform for wedding and other rituals), with well stretched out balconies. Only a part of this mandap has still been preserved. The main attraction of the Pippala Devi Osiyan temple in Rajasthan, India is its splendid columns. However, they could not stand the test of time and have witnessed substantial damage. The other main feature of the complex is the large sabha mandap (assembly hall). It has thirty pillars dating back to the 10th century. It is still in an okay condition.

Ossian Shiv Mandir Jodhpur
Make sure to visit the Ossian Shiv Mandir near Jodhpur, while on a visit to the Ossian city. It is a living proof of the Indian architectural brilliance around Jodhpur. The Shiv Osiyan temple in Rajasthan is known for its beautifully carved pillars. On the pillars are embellishments of vase and floral motifs, typical of Hindu religious architecture. The temple ceilings were conceived by quite an imaginative mind and are decorated with lace like motifs.

Lord Shiva is often depicted in Hindu mythology as a Maha Yogi. The temples walls have a number of paintings depicting him in various yogic postures. This presents a wonderful sight to the eyes and takes you back to the past. So don't forget to include this temple in your Ossian itinerary.

Vishnu Temple Ossian
The Ossian Vishnu Temple near Jodhpur was constructed in the later half of the 9th century. It was once an architectural beauty. But now, the Vishnu Osiyan Temple in Rajasthan is showing signs of wearing down with the passage of time. The tower in the shrine has been unfortunately damaged. But inspite of that, the place is worth taking a look at.

However, still some features worth seeing are there in the temple. The most striking one is the wonderfully carved and columned mandap (a raised platform for weddings and other ceremonies). Adjunct to the mandap, is a balcony. It is artfully decorated with figures of various Hindu deities. Also, on it is a lot of foliate ornamentation. Located nearby is a Baori (Step well). Approximately one kilometre away from the Vishnu temple is a Ganesh Pillar. The pillar was built to honor Ganeshji (son of Lord Shiva).

Temple Profile: Mandir Shri Ossiya Mata Ji
Location: Ossiya God Worshipped: Goddess Durga
District: Jodhpur Road Distance from Jaipur: 386 Kms
Built in the year: 1177 A.D. Nearest Airport: Jodhpur (65 kms)
By Parmar Rajput kings of whom the goddess was the clan goddess. Nearest Rly. Station: Ossiya (200 kms)
       

Cause of Establishment:The Temple came into existence on Thursday, 10th of bright half of the month of Chaitra, Samvat 1234 (1177 A.D.). The Parmars were worshippers of Durga of Shakti. This temple is in a way the temple of Goddess Durga who is called Sachchi Dhaya (the real Nourisher Mother)

       
Brief of the Diety:

The temple deity is Goddess Durga in her Mahishasura Mardini Avtar (the killer of Demon Mahisha). She is popularly called Sachchidhaya. The idol is that of Durga, eight armed, seated on lion and killing the Demon Mahisha (Buffalo formed demon). Mahishasura had tormented both earth and heaven by his demoniac prowess and excesses. Gods approached Goddess Durga to kill the demon and secure riddance of him. Devi, therefore, with her ferocity waged war with Mahisha and his armies and finally subdued him.

Religious sect to which the temple belongs:

Shakta (worshippers of Shakti i.e. Durga) and all Hindus.

Architecture of the Temple:
Important Architectural Characteristics:

The temple has been built in Nagar style of architecture. The Garbh Griha (sanctum sanctorum) and Sabha Mandap (prayer portico) are artistically built. The original hall is 9.50 meters wide. There are projections on its upper supports. Beautiful lattice work adds to the grandena of style. The length of the temple is 24 meters. On the lower parts of walls there is special ornamentation. A huge entrance hall and nine bracketed entrances beautify the temple.

Material of Construction:

Stone, Mortar

Total Construction Time: Between 10th and 11th Century
Religious aspects of temple:

The Goddess is the clan goddess of Parmar Rajputs, hence Hindus and Jains both worship the Goddess as their clan patroness. Oswals of the Jain community regard the Goddess as their clan Goddess. They owe their origin to Osia.

Unique features of the temple:

Pooja is performed according to the classical scriptural instructions for Pooja. Eighteen clans of Rajputs got converted into Jainism. They are Oswals. They all hold the Goddess in great esteem. During Navaratras special ritualistic performances and pooja ceremonies are held.

Festivals & Fairs in Temple (Main Events):

All Hindu festivals are held but special importance is given to Navaratras of Chaitra and Ashwin month. Thousands of visitor flock to the temple to have a darshan of Devi and the ever lit lamp.

Timings:
Morning Time: Before Sunrise.

Evening Time:

After Sunset.
Custom & Traditions of Temple:

Visitors come with their wishes and receive the blessings of the Goddess. They circumambulate the sanctum sanctorum. Various offerings are laid at the feet of the Goddess. Newly wedded couples come for happy conjugal life whereas the first ceremonial head shaving of a child is also held here.

Details of Temple:
Sanctrum:(Sanctorum) 8" X 8"
Verandah: 9.50 Feet wide
Others:

Herein the shrine of the Goddess is built with the idol enshrined on it. Verandahs, open portico (central hall for prayer) is 9.50 feet wide other deities like Shri Satya Narain and Vishnu are also enshrined in the temple.

Vandana (If any particular) in text:
Usual prayers sung to the Goddess.
Issues requiring global attention for conservation, protection and improvement of the temple:

Chemical treatment for cleansing the idols, statuettes central beam and carved pillars etc. is required. The shikhar of the temple has also developed cracks for which repair is necessary.

 

 
 

 

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