A journey to Rajasthan is incomplete without a visit to Mount Abu. Sounds incredible but not only that. It is also famous for housing the Jain temples of Dilwara. The adherents of the Jains from all across India travel to Rajasthan to visit the Dilwara temples. Located at a height of about 4,000ft. Mount Abu (literally “hill of wisdom”) is the only hill station of the desert state of Rajasthan. Apart from being the hot destination for the holidaymakers particularly the honeymooners. The site is more famous for being one of the most popular Jain pilgrimage sites. It is home to the Dilwara group of temples, among the finest examples of Jain architecture in India. Dating from the 11th century AD. the town is also a centre of great attraction for the Brahma Kumaris. (children of Brahma), A non-denominational spiritual sect founded in 1937.
History of Mount Abu
The history of Mount Abu indicates that it was once a part of the powerful Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan. And served as a summer retreat for the royals. It was later leased to the British and became a favourite getaway for the British. Officers posted in the dusty areas of Rajasthan.
The history of Mount Abu is mainly made up of legends. It is said that was once home to all the 330 million gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. It is also said that the famous sage Vasisth lived here at one point of time and had performed. A huge yajna (sacrificial worship) to create four clans to protect the earth from demons.
Another legend says that Vasisth’s cow Nandini was once trapped ingorge and couldn’t free herself. At this, he appealed to Lord Shiva who sent a divine stream to flood the gorge and help the cow float up. In order to avoid such mishaps in future, Vasisth asked the youngest son of the king of mountains to fill the chasm, which he did with the help of Arbud the mighty snake. Thus the place came to be known as Mount Arbud and later as.
Mount Abu is a very important pilgrimage centre of India for the Hindus. History has it that the 24th Jain Tirthankara, Lord Mahavira had once visited and blessed. As a result, it is held in great reverence by the Jains as well.
Places to visit mount Abu
.It attracts visitors for its scenic beauty and it is also an established pilgrimage centre.
Noted for their sheer aesthetic splendour, they were built by the famous Solanki Dynasty of Gujarat. And attract thousands of devotees throughout the year. And dedicated to Adinath, the first Jaina Tirthankara (ford makers). It is named after the minister of the Solanki Dynasty, who funded its construction. Another important shrine is Neminath temple was built in 1231 A.D. and is more detailed.
Arranged in the core of Mount Abu town, the delightful Nakki Lake is saturated with legends. Custom has it that the lake was shaped by the divine beings who burrowed the lakebed utilizing their fingernails (nakh). Accordingly, it was named so. It is hard to pass on the scale and greatness of Nakki Lake through words alone. You really need to go there. Set in the picturesque surroundings and surrounded by the hills on all sides, the lake has several islets which you can reach on hired boats. Adding to the beauty of the lake are the rock formations around it. These stone arrangements at Nakki Lake have been fittingly named Nun Rock, Toad Rock, Camel Rock and Nandi Rock because of their similarity to these figures. Climbers flock to this lake to climb these impressive rock formations through the wooded forests.
shopping in Mount Abu
Has always been regarded as one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in India. But besides being a spiritual abode, Mount Abu is also a great place to indulge in some shopping. While shopping in Mount Abu, visit the shops around Nakki Lake that sell. Some of the best curios in marble, sandalwood and sandstone.
Shopping in Mount Abu can also include getting some very beautiful Kota saris, bangles and linen with Sanganeri prints for yourself and your friends. Besides, you can shop for handicrafts at the Rajasthan Government Handicrafts Emporium and the Khadi Bhandar.
Don’t forget to buy some ethnic jewellery while shopping in Mount Abu, as they are not only beautiful but also not very expensive. As you browse through the various shops around, you can also chat with the locals and get to know some very important facts and stories associated with the place. In the end, you will not only gather a rich collection of memorabilia but also a wealth of information about Rajasthan as a whole.
How to Reach Mount Abu
Road: The Rajasthan government runs a number of ordinary and deluxe buses from Jaipur and Abu Road to Mount Abu. Mount Abu is also well connected by road to Delhi, Udaipur, Ajmer and a few other places in Rajasthan.
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Abu Road, which is 22 km away. You need to take a bus or hire a taxi to reach Mount Abu from there. Besides, a number of trains connect Mount Abu to Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mumbai and Jodhpur.
Air: The Maharana Pratap Airport at Udaipur is the nearest airport. It has daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur.
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