Mount Abu Introduction
Mount Abu is located in the south-western corner of Rajasthan. It is also one of the major pilgrimage sites of India for both Hindu as well as Jain religions. Besides the temples and sites of historical importance, Mt. Abu is also rich in natural scenic beauties. According to the folklores, Mt. Abu was also the home of many saints and sages in ancient times. According to the legends, all the three hundred and thirty million gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon used to visit this holy mountain. For those who like Walking, Mount Abu has many delightful walks. Nakki Lake, said to have been carved out by the gods with their nails, is a favorite spot for boating.
Mount Abu History
Mount Abu was once a part of the Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan and served as a summer resort for the Rajput kings of the region. During the British rule in India, it used to be the favorite summer destination of the British who came here to escape the dusty, dry heat of the plains particularly Rajasthan. Mount Abu used to be the home of many saints and sages in the old times. 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.
Mount Abu Fair & Festivals
The festivals which are celebrated in Mount Abu are:-
Summer Festival :- The Summer Festival is held every year in the month of Aashadh (June). The three-day festival is a feast of folk and classical music and a window to the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan. The grand finale of the festival is a display of dazzling fireworks, which adds to the tourist's delight.
Mahavira Jayanti :- The birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira is celebrated as Mahavira Jayanti. Jain pilgrims from all over the country converge at the Dilwara temples for this most important festival of Jainism.
Mount Abu Best Season
Mount Abu has a very comfortable climate throughout the year. And because of this fact, Mount Abu can be visited all through the year.