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Mount Abu Pilgrimage
Mount Abu is situated at the southern tip of the Aravalli range; the
cool climate of the place makes it a popular hill station in Rajasthan.
It becomes a popular destination with its striking array of exquisite
Dilwara Jain Temples, dating back 11th- 13th centuries.
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Besides being a picturesque summer resort, Mount Abu is a popular
pilgrimage center, dotted with temples and shrines of different religions.
Dedicated to the Jain Saints or Tirthankars, the Dilwara Temples of
Mount Abu are a religious sanctuary where the business of the carving
manages to induce a feeling of tranquility. The surfaces of the walls,
and arches and brackets and pillars are carved to create a lace-like
effect yet no two pillars are alike; such was the vision of the sculptors
who worked on them.
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A natural spring flowing through a sculpted cow is head gives the
shrine its name. The famous yagna of sage Vashishtha was performed
here. A beautifully sculpted hill temple of Arbuada-the mighty serpent
stands against the beautiful backdrop. Nearby is the magnificent marble
image of Nandi, the celestial bull rescued by Arbuada.
Dilwara Jain Temple
These beautifully carved temples built between 11th and 13th century
A.D. is sheer elegance in marble, dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras.
The Vimal Vasahi temple is the oldest of these dedicated to the first
Tirthankara. Built in 1031 A.D. The central shrine has an image of
Rishabhdev and large courtyard with 52 small shrines, each housing
a beautiful statue of thirthankaras with 48 elegantly carved pillars
form the entrance to the courtyard.
Adhar Devi Temple
The temple is chiselled out of a huge rock reached by a flight of
360 stairs. A favourite tourist spot.
Spectacular sight of the setting sun when the hills are covered in
the golden glow can be viewed from here.
Shri Raghunathji Temple
Situated near the Nakki Lake is the temple dedicated to Shri Raghunathji
with a beautiful image of the deity that was placed here in 14th century
A.D. by Shri Ramanand the famous Hindu preacher.
Museum and Art Gallery
Located at the Raj Bhawan, it was a collection of archaeological excavations
dating back to 8th-12th century A.D. It also has Jain bronze carvings,
brassworks etc. for viewing.