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Rajasthan The Heritage State- Mount Abu

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Sights

  • Brahma Kumaris Spritual University & Museum
  • Adhar Devi Temple
  • Nakki Lake
  • Dilwara Temples

Brahma Kumaris Spritual University & Museum

The Brahma Kumaris teach that all religions lead to god and so are equally valid, and the principles of each should be studied. The university’s stated aim is the establishment of universal peace through ‘the impartation of spritual knowledge and training of easy raja yoga meditation’. There are over branches in around the world to do a residential course at the university you need to contact your local branch. You can, however, attend an introductory course (seven lessons) while you’re in Mt Abu; this would take a minimum of three days. There’s no charge – the organization is entirely supported by donations.

There’s a museum(free) in the town outlining the university’ teaching and offering meditation session.

Adhar Devi Temple

Three kilometers north of town, some steps lead to this Durga temple built in a natural cleft in the rock. You have to stoop to get through the low entrance to the temple. There are fine views over Mt Abu from up here.

Dilwara Temples

These remarkable Jain temples are Mt Abu’s main attraction and among the finest examples of Jain architecture in India. The Complex includes two temples in which the art of caving marble reached unsurpassed heights.

The older of the temples is the Vimal Vasahi, built and dedicated to the first tirthankar, Adinath. The central shrine has an image of Adinath, each with a Budha-like cross-leged image. Forty eight elegantly carved pillars form the enrance to the courtyard . In front of the temple stands the House Of Elephants, with figures of elephants marching in procession to the temple entrance.

The later Tejpal Temple is dedicated to Neminath, the 22nd tirthankar, and was built in 1230 by the brothers Tejpal and Vastupal. Like Vimal, they were ministers in the government of the ruler of Gujarat Although the Tejpal Temple is important as as extremely old and complete example of a Jain temple, its most notable feature is the brilliant intricacy and delicacy of the marble carving is so fine that, in places, the marble becomes almost transparent. In particular, the lotus flower which hangs from the center of the dome is an astonishing piece of work. It’s difficult to believe that this huge lace- like filigree actually started as a solid block of marble. The temple employs several full-time stone carvers to maintain and restore the work. There are three other temples in the enclosure, but they all pele besides the Tejpal and Vimal Vasahi. There’s a festival here in June (dates vary according to the lunar calendar).

The complex is open from noon to 6pm (Jains can visit from sunrise to sunset).Photography is not allowed. As at other Jain temples, all articles of leather (belts as well as shoes) have to be left at the entrance. You can stroll out to Dilwara from the town in less than an hour, or take a share taxi from opposite the Madras Café in the center of town.

Nakki Lake

Nakki lake is virtually in the heart of Mt Abu and is a big attraction with tourist. The lake takes its name from the legend that it was scooped out by a god, using only his nails or, nakh. It’s a pleasant stroll around the lake – look for the strange rock formations. The best Known, Toad Rock looks just like Nun Rock, Nandi rock or Camel Rock, require more imagination. The 14th century Raghunath temple stands beside the lake. You can hire your own boat .

On the lake is a dilapidated concrete boat-shaped snack bar (only serving tea and coffee).