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   MOUNT ABU


INTRODUCTION

This holy mountain lies at the southern extremity of the Aravalli range. Surrounded by forests rich in florae and fauna, the town appears as an oasis. The drive uphill along Abu Road overlooks an arid region strewn by huge rocks with smooth surface and weird shapes, fashioned by high velocity winds. The altitude of this plateau, 1220 meters and abundant vegetation, have endowed Abu with a pleasant climate. It is a resort as well as a celebrated place of pilgrimage.

Sunset at Mount Abu

Abu, according to legend, stands for the son of Himalaya, deriving its name from Arbuda, the powerful serpent that rescued Nandi, the sacred bull of Shiva, from a chasm. Yet another legend explains how the lake at Mt. Abu got its name. It is believed that the gods formed the like-bed by digging it with their fingernails- `nakh’- hence Nakki Lake. Many sages and seers had their retreats on Mt Abu; most famous being sage Vashishta. To regenerate the human race, he performed a `Yojna’ of fire sacrifice from which were born the Pratiharas. The natural spring beside which this legendary event occurred is situated below Abu and emerges from a rock shaped like a cow’s head, hence its name, Gaumukh. Mt Abu was dedicated to Shiva before it became a Jain pilgrim center. The greatest draws of Abu are the Dilwara temple. Half had hidden by mango groves, their sober exterior belles the wealth of their interior ornamentation. Wondrously carven in marble, the Dilwara temples enshrine various Jain `Tirthankaras’, saints.

 

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