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 History

The history of Mount Abu is as diverse as the city itself. It was once a part of the Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan and served as a summer resort for the Rajput kings of the region. After that, it was leased by the British government from the then Maharaja of Sirohi for use as the headquarter of the resident to Rajputana (another name for Rajasthan). History Mount abu

During the British rule in India, it was the favorite summer destination of the British, who came here to escape the dusty, dry heat of the plains particularly Rajasthan. It also served as a sanatorium for the troops. The small huts and cottages here tell stories of those times even today. Mount Abu was the home of many saints and sages in the old days. Legend has it that all the 330 million gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon used to visit this holy mountain. It is also the place where the great saint Vashishth lived and performed a yagna (sacrificial worship on a fire pit) to create four Agnikula (four clans of fire) to protect the earth from demons. The yagna was supposed to have been performed near a natural spring, which emerged from a rock shaped like a cow's head. According to another legend, once sage Vashishth's cow Nandini was trapped in a deep gorge and could not free herself. The sage appealed to Lord Shiva for assistance. The Lord sent Saraswati, the divine stream, to help flood the gorge so that the cow could float up. Vashishth then decided to ensure that such mishaps did not occur in future. He asked the youngest son of Himalaya, the king of mountains to fill the chasm permanently. This he did with the assistance of Arbud, the mighty snake. This spot came to be known as Mount Arbud and was later changed to its present form - Mount Abu.

This place is held in reverence by Jains as well since Jain scriptures record that Lord Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankar (spiritual leader), also visited Mount Abu and blessed the city.


 People

Mount abu People
People in the traditional manner growing their own food & producing Rajasthan traditional shoes and clothes. Special features include the Rajasthan sand pot, the Marvadi turban, and corn chapatis and curries that are delicious to eat.Villages are often trapped in a cycle of poverty. Children are malnourished, and contact with the outside world is limited.


 Culture


Folk dances and a general atmosphere of gaiety prevail in this tiny hill resort and the tourists have ample time to relax and enjoy. The Summer festival of Rajasthan is a feast of folk and classical music and a window to the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan. The Summer Festival of Rajasthan features dance forms like the ballads, Gair, Ghoomar and Daph folk dances, which enchant the spectators with their grace and variety. The hospitality of the people, their lively culture and exotic location make this Summer festival a memorable experience during your tours to Rajasthan. This Summer festival of Rajasthan is one of the most popular fairs and festivals of Rajasthan.


 Festival

Mount abu Festival
Organized in the only hill station of Rajasthan, this is the coldest place at this time of the year. Folk dances and a general atmosphere of gaiety prevails in this tiny hill resort and the tourist has ample time to relax and enjoy.



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