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The ancient town of Ossian, situated 65km from Jodhpur city is a place of archaeological significance. Once a great trading centre, Ossian surrounded by acres of gold dunes is an in the Thar Desert. It is the home to numerous peacocks. The dancing of the glittering blue-green peacocks on the beautiful gold dukes and the sunset point makes the place very attractive. Legend has it that the town was founded by Utpaladeva, a Rajput prince of the Pratihara Dynasty and was then known as Ukesha or Upkeshapur.

Ossian is a land of temples and has a cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples belonging to 8th and the 11th centuries. The largest and the best preserved among them are the Mahavir Jain temple dedicated to Mahavira, the last of the Jain Thirthankars and Sachchiya Mata temple dedicated to Goddess Durga (11th-12th century). The early 8th century Surya temple with beautifully carved pillars has fascinating images of Durga, Surya and Ganesh and the three Vishnu temples. Apart from its artistic temples, the Ossian city is also known for its camel rides.

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