Ranked 5 among Places to Visit in Mount Abu
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Arbuda Devi Temple is considered the most sacred pilgrim point in Mount Abu and stands as a testimony to the rich architectural heritage of Rajasthan. Legend has it that 'Adhar' of the goddess fell and it was found hanging in mid-air owing to which the temple is also known as Adhar Devi Temple. Arbuda Devi is considered as the incarnation of Katyayani Devi. The temple is a favourite Hindu pilgrimage spot and it is swarming with devotees during the 9 holy days of the Navratri season. You can reach the Arbuda Devi Temple after a 365 step climb, each step symbolic of each day in a year which one might find to be a strenuous climb but it is rewarding as you get an entire view of the city from the top.
Some historians believe that Parmar rulers were originated at Mount Abu from 'Agnikund', which is why Arbuda Devi is still the Ancestral Goddess of Parmar Kshatriyas. Dhoodh Baori, a sacred well with milk coloured water near Adhar Devi Temple is believed to have heavenly powers. The locals consider the well as a form of Kamadhenu (Holy Cow), the well is also the main source of water for the temple. The temple is constructed out of one huge solid piece of rock and the inner sanctum is reaching by crawling a narrow cave and is one of the best specimens of rock-cut temples in India.
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