Shri Jasnath Asan, Rajasthan, India
Photo © Shri Jasnath Asan, 2016
13 NOV 2016
The next morning after the infamous camel trek and Mamoo encounter, I had the privilege of visiting Shri Osiya Mataji. It was an amazing temple that dates back to the 12th century and has been in use ever since. For the past couple of days I was traveling with a small group of reflexologists from all over the world that are staying, working, and generously giving of their time at the ashram for 2 weeks. All of us were enthralled with the history and stunning beauty of the place.
I have included a quote from the temples webpage about the history and significance of the site. It’s no surprise they can explain it far better than I. This is their living history. For more information, go to http://www.shriosiyamataji.org/
FROM THE SHRI OSIYA MATAJI WEBSITE:
“A pilgrimage to the Holy Temple of Shri Osiya Mataji is the holiest pilgrimage for Oswals. It is said that Osiya is the beginning place for Oswals and Shri Osiya Mataji is kuldevi (lineage goddess) of Oswals. Shri Osiya Mataji resides in a temple located in Osiya near Jodhpur, Rajasthan. This temple is on a mountain. Several thousand of devotees visit Osiya for darshan, mannat, etc throughout the year. Oswals come here especially to give Jat (Jay-ti or Jwar) and Mundan. The volume of devotees is increasing day by day.
The temple was originally built in the 8th century. However, the temple complex that now stands dates back to the 12th century. The main temple, along with the other two temples - the Chandi Ka Mandir and the Amba Mata Mandir, was constructed around circa 1178.
To enter the Sachchiyay 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 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 Lord Vishnu with Goddess Lakshmi. Lying to the west is a stone slab coming out of the walls, full of
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.”
Panchla Siddha, India
Sharon K. Schafer
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