Positioned amidst the majestic Aravalli Range at an approximate elevation of over 4000 feet, Mount Abu is a prominent hill station located in the district of Sirohi in Rajasthan. The hill station is nestled on a unique rocky plateau, which is more than 20 kilometres in length and approximately nine kilometres in width. At an elevation of over 5650 feet above sea level, Guru Shikhar is the highest peak here. Mount Abu is popularly known as the Oasis in the Desert as it houses pristine water bodies and verdant evergreen forests. Apart from its scenic panorama, this hill station is also known for its prominent religious edifices and is sometimes called the Abode of Gods. Devotees from different parts of India and beyond opt for a Mount Abu tour package and flock here in thousands to offer prayers and seek blessings at the revered shrines. Some of the most prominent religious establishments here include, Gaumukh, Adhar Devi (Arbuda Devi) and Achaleshwar Mahadev (Achalgarh) temples.
Gaumukh Temple, nestled on a hill-top, is an ancient religious property visited by hordes of devotees and tourists round the year. There are many folklores and mythological stories associated with this Hindu temple. According to the most popular belief, sage Vashistha lived here with his consort. He was blessed with a wish-fulfilling cow, which was invoked by churning the ocean. This cow is supposedly the fountain head of the sacred river Saraswati. Besides, stories also suggest that Hindu Lord Rama came here to attain knowledge and education. The property houses a sculpture of the Gaumukh, which means the head of a cow and a spectacular marble idol of Nandi – the bull vahana (ride) of Lord Shiva. This place is easily accessible by road and once the devotees reach the complex, they have to climb a fleet of over 750 stairs.
Adhar Devi (Arbuda Devi) Temple
Adhar Devi is another highly revered destination located inside a cave in Mount Abu. Positioned around three kilometres away from main hill station, this shrine is accessible after climbing a fleet of about 365 stairs, which are carved into the hill. This religious property is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Durga and is thronged by devotees throughout the year, especially during the nine days of the holy Navratras. Legends have it that the Adhar of Maa Durga fell at this place and that the idol of the Goddess was found hanging in the air. Tourists visit this sacred destination for its quaint beauty and the panoramic surroundings.
Achaleshwar Mahadev (Achalgarh) Temple
Another significant destination of religious importance in this exquisite hilly resort is the Achaleshwar Mahadev (Achalgarh) Temple, which is believed to be more than 2500 years old. This shrine is the only holy place where the revered Toe of Hindu deity Shiva is worshipped. According to mythological stories and legends, the Toe of Shiva is believed to be rooted to the centre of the earth. One of the prime highlights of this place, is the unique sculpture of Nandi, which is made up of an extraordinary alloy of five metals known as the Panchadhatu in Hindi. Dripping with scenic natural beauty and legendary shrines, Mount Abu encourages people from every nook and corner of the world to opt for Rajasthan tour India.