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Mount Abu Monuments and Festival

Mount Abu located atop the Aravalli Hills provides you an ideal respite from the sweltering heat of the desert topography. This auspicious mountain earns much of its claim to fame due to the Dilwara temples located right at theMonuments and Festivals top of the hills. The exquisite architecture and stone carving of the temple will dumbfound you. The tranquil surrounding, with interesting trek points and picnic spots are visited by tourists all through out the year. If you are looking for tranquility amidst nature this is an ideal place for you. Significantly it is considered as one of the holiest pilgrim points of the Jains.

Monuments in Mount Abu are some of the most frequented places here.

Monuments in Mount Abu are located close to the scenic spots overlooking the desert topography below. On the whole an atmosphere of carnivals and fun filled activities are an integral part of these Monuments in Mount Abu. Food stalls, souvenir shops abounds the area. The scenic hills, tranquil surrounding, and the pleasant climate make it a favorite spot of the tourists.

Mount Abu was considered as one of the favorite summer retreats of the Britishers in Pre Colonial India. The Colonial ring is still evident in the small cottages, well paved road, and tranquil atmosphere of the place. Some of the most frequented Monuments in Mount Abu are.

Dilwara Temple
Considered as masterpieces of Indian Architecture, the Dilwara Temple in Mount Abu is visited by thousands across the globe, apart from the Jain pilgrims. It is an epitome of Indian Architecture that has stood the tough test of time. The temple is a unique creation and is an important Jain Pilgrim Center. Lord Krishna’s life has been imprinted on the walls of this cave temple. The Dilwara Jain Temple is located at a distance of just 2 ½ kilometers from Mount Abu.

History of Dilwara Temple,
Monuments and Festivals The history of Dilwara Jain Temple dates back to the ancient times. It was constructed in the period between 11th to the 13th Century AD. You can see beautiful marble works at the Dilwara Temple. There are five legendary temples at Dilwara. They are all the sacred to the Jain pilgrims as well as the other tourists as well. It is said that others come here to witness its architectural brilliance.

There are 5 temples in all, each with its own unique identity though together they are named after the small village in which they are located. These are:

Vimal Vasahi (Shri Adi Nathji temple):- This temple was built in 1021 AD by Vimal Shah. It is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara named Adi Nath. There are numerous smaller idols of the Jain Tirthankaras over here. A collection of nine rectangular designs called Navchowki is of great importance over here. The ceiling has engraved designs.

Luna Vasahi (Shri Nemi Nathji temple) :- This temple is dedicated to the 22nd Tirthankara Shri Nemi Nathji. Erected in 230 AD by two brothers - Vastupal and Tejpal, the temple was dedicated to their dead brother Luna.

Pithalhar (Shri Rishabh Deoji temple) :- A colossal metal statue of Rishab Dev (Adinath) stands to the amazement of the devotees. The metal is composed of five different elements but the principal metal used here is pital or brass. The temple consists of Garbhagraha, Gudh mandap and Navchowki.

Khartar Vasahi (Shri Parshav Nathji temple):- this temple has been dedicated to Lord Parshavnath and was constructed by Mandlik and his family in 1458-59 A.D. the three storied building over here is the highest among the shrines in Dilwara.

Mahaveer Swami (Shri Mahaveer Swamiji temple):- It is a small structure that was constructed in 1582 A.D. in honor of the 24th Jain Tirthankara, Lord MahaveerMonuments and Festivals.

Sunrise Palace
The Forts and Palaces in Mount Abu are amongst the prime Tourist Attractions in Mount Abu. And when coming to speak of palaces, Sunrise Palace surely deserves a mention even though it is presently a Heritage Hotel. If you can indulge yourself in a luxurious stay out here then there is nothing like it. In case you are not monetarily equipped for it, at least make sure that you do not miss out on the chance of paying a visit to this impressive structure.

History of the Sunrise Palace
The Sunrise Palace was the former summer palace of the Maharaja of Bharatpur. Built as many as 80 years ago, it still stands with all its brilliance and magnificence.

This summer palace of the erstwhile ruler of Bharatpur is the pride of this summer retreat in Rajasthan, India. Mount Abu indeed takes pleasure in being home to such a grand palace. It is positioned on one of the highest point of this hill station and consequently offers absolutely breathtaking views of the picturesque surroundings around. Any viewer is sure to be absolutely overwhelmed by the panoramic views of the environs.

Built on the lines of a typical British mansion, it is a fine example of colonial architecture. The sight of the Sunrise Palace in Mount Abu gives one the impression that he or she is about to step inside an English palace. It is indeed a very splendid structure. The interiors of the palace have been tastefully done so as to satisfy the distinguished individuals who now choose this as their sojourn. Even if you are not living in it visit it to witness its grandeur as well as to get a feel of its fairy tale charm.

Nakki Lake
Mount Abu has not many lakes in its premises or vicinity. The most famous lake found in Mount Abu is Nakki Lake. It is a serene and placid lake, one of the major tourist attractions of Mount Abu and situated beside it, is the Sri Raghunathji temple and the Maharaja Jaipur Palace.

The calm and beautiful Nakki lake adds to the beauty of Mount Abu, the hill station where locals as well as tourists Monuments and Festivalsfrom far away spend time appreciating the cool weather amidst the smoldering heat of the desert. The artificial lake is situated near the Sri Raghunathji Temple. Surrounded by hills it is a perfect spot for tourists to spend their leisure time boating in the lake as well as riding on horses along its bank.

 

Festivals

Mount Abu- Fairs & Festivals, organized by Tourism Department
Summer Festival - (1-3 June)

The Summer Festival is held every year in the month of Aashadh (June). The steep rocks, tranquil lakes, picturesque locations and the pleasant climate of Mount Abu make it an ideal location for the festival.

The three-day festival is a feast of folk and classical music and a window to the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan The festival begins with the singing of a ballad, which is followed by Gair, Ghoomar and Daph folk dances, which enthrall the spectators.

Sporting events such as the boat race on the Nakki Lake add variety to the festival. The Sham-e-Qawwali is a much-awaited musical extravaganza, as renowned qawwals regale the audience. The grand finale of the festival is a display of dazzling fireworks, which adds to the tourist's delight.

A special occassion for the hill resort, as the people throne from all parts of the country to escape the sizzling heat of the plains, and rejuvenate their snapping energies. They are treated to one of the most exotic festival which lingers in their minds for long.

Gangaur Festival - (March - April)
A festival for young maids and married, dedicated to Gauri, the incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Women pray for prosperity and long life of their husbands, while girls seek good husbands from the goddess. A colourful procession are taken out with pomp and gaiety.

Gangaur
Hold a special place for the Garasia tribal, inhabitants of the Siorhi - Mt. Abu region. They celebrate this festival over one month. The unusal and interesting feature of their celebration is the procession of the Gangaur image from village to village. The tribal youth get an opportunity to meet and mingle freely, select a life partner of their choice and marry by eloping. A romantics but stange custom, sanctioned by the society.