Shri Mahavir Swami Jain temple in Osiya is one of the largest worshipped Jain temple in western India.
It is believed and said that Sachhiyay mata was devoted in the Bhakti of Mahavir Swami so much that she decided to
build a temple for Mahavir Swami.
The Upkeshpur king had a holy cow. A vary mysterious thing started happening. Everyday in the evening when the cow returned
from the jungle, she had no milk left. This continued for a while. The person looking after the cows was asked to explain.
The shepherd explained that while the cow was roaming in a heightened land the milk flowed out from her automatically in
all the four directions, when the milk was finished the cow returned to the herd. Next day also same scene was seen by
thousands of people. King Utpal Dev was informed of the incident. Next day the king, the Prime minister and several
thousand people gathered and saw the scene. The king narrated the incident to Acharyaji. He understood that this was
the work of Chamunda Devi. Next day at an auspicious hour, the place was dug up and a idol of Mahavir Swami made up of
sand was retrieved. In the digging, 9 laks gold coins were also found which were melted and the idol was covered with gold.
Later a temple was built. It is said that the opening Pratistha (the way in which idol is installed) was done by Acharyaji
on Thursday the 5th day of shukla panchami in the year Veer Samvat 70. At the same time Acharya by his devik powers did
Pratistha for another Lord Parshvanath temple in Konarpur, which was miles away from Osiya.
According to historians, the temple was build in Saka 705 (Year 783 A.D.) by Pratihara King Vatsaraja.
The temple is situated on the western outskirts of the village. It faces the north and stands within a walled enclosure. The temple
complex has a main temple and seven small temple, four are located along the eastern side and three on the western side.
Adjoining the Temple complex is a dharmashala and also a School of Theology which is attached to the Temple trust.
The temple is managed by Seth Mangalsinghji Ratansinghji Dev Ki Pedhi Trust and continually has been maintained as a
pilgrimage shrine throughout its history.
The temple has accommodation and bhojanshala facilities. Bhojanshala timings are as follows:
Morning - 10.30 AM to 1.00 PM
Evening - 5.00 PM till Sunset
Shri Mahavir Swami Temple Gallery