Surya Temple Osian

Harihara Temple Osian
Vital Information for Visitors

Surya / Sun Temple, Osian, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Open & Close:

Open on all days
06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry Fees:



1 -2 Hours

Significance :

Conventional architecture with erotic sculptures

The Surya Temple or Sun Temple in Osian is the oldest in the group of ancient-most temples in the town and one considers its impressive embrasure to be among the best temple embrasures in India. The temple, dedicated to the Sun God Surya, oozes out elegance, although more restrained in its treatment. The temple dates back to the tenth century. The temple has the resemblance to the Surya Temple at Ranakpur. A large idol of God Surya is placed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. The idol of Surya in the temple is a remarkable one. He stands erect in primitive tenseness. His face has lotus eyes, and mouth has inherited the compassion and gentleness of the Gupta god Vishnu, but his hair is bound in two long plaits. He is clad in a long tight tunic tied on the chest, his waist is bound by a belt and on his feet arc high boots.

The idols of Lord Ganesh and the Goddess Durga are also placed in the temple. One can see the wonderful images of the serpents wrapped around the lotus flower on the temple ceilings. The entrance of Sun Temple is considered to be one of the best temple doors in India. In some respects, it is the most graceful of the entire group of early temples. This temple is also of the Panchayatan type. In its proportions and style, this building displays no little dignity, while both in the shape of its ‘shikhar’ and in the manner of its pillar ornamentation, it is admirable.

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