Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Adhar (Arbuda) Devi Temple
Name : Adhar Devi Temple
Mount Abu located in the Aravalli hills houses some of the most exquisite Jain temples. The Jain regards this place as the most sacred pilgrim points. The huge shrine of Adhar Devi Temple in Mount Abu bears a testimony to the rich architectural heritage of Rajasthan.
Adhar Devi Temple also known as the temple of goddess Arbuda has an interesting story behind it. Supposedly the "adhar" of the goddess fell here and hence it has been named so. It is said that the image of the goddess Durga can be found hanging here in mid air. This temple is a favorite spot of Hindu pilgrims and one can see it swarming with devotees especially during the Navratri period.
Arbuda Devi is the incarnation of Katyayani Devi, the 6th Goddess out of the nine Goddesses. A snake named "Arbud" brought Nandivardhan on its back to this mountain, and he was booned by Muni Vashishtas that 33 crores of gods and goddess will reside upon you, and thats why it was established here. It is also said that Muni Vashishta worshipped Lord Shiva and in view of the Kashivishvanath. The historians believe that Parmar rulers were originated at Mount Abu from "Agnikund". Thats why this Arbuda Devi is also the Ancestroal Goddess of Parmar Kshatriyas.
Adhar Devi Temple is situated atop a cliff and you have to climb a flight of 365 steep stairs to reach this place. The journey though strenuous is rewarding in ways more than one. You get a bird's eye view of the city from above the temple. It is situated 3 kilometers from the main town of Mount Abu. The inner shrine is reached by crawling a narrow cave. The whole temple is constructed of one huge solid piece of rock and is one of the best specimens of rock cut temples in India.