Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Adhar (Arbuda) Devi Temple

Name : Adhar Devi Temple

Location :

Mount Abu located in the Aravalli hills houses some of the most exquisite Jain temples. The Jain regards this place as the most sacred pilgrim points. The huge shrine of Adhar Devi Temple in Mount Abu bears a testimony to the rich architectural heritage of Rajasthan.


Adhar Devi Temple also known as the temple of goddess Arbuda has an interesting story behind it. Supposedly the "adhar" of the goddess fell here and hence it has been named so. It is said that the image of the goddess Durga can be found hanging here in mid air. This temple is a favorite spot of Hindu pilgrims and one can see it swarming with devotees especially during the Navratri period.

Legends :

Arbuda Devi is the incarnation of Katyayani Devi, the 6th Goddess out of the nine Goddesses. A snake named "Arbud" brought Nandivardhan on its back to this mountain, and he was booned by Muni Vashishtas that 33 crores of gods and goddess will reside upon you, and thats why it was established here. It is also said that Muni Vashishta worshipped Lord Shiva and in view of the Kashivishvanath. The historians believe that Parmar rulers were originated at Mount Abu from "Agnikund". Thats why this Arbuda Devi is also the Ancestroal Goddess (Kuldevi) of Parmar Kshatriyas.


Adhar Devi Temple is situated atop a cliff and you have to climb a flight of 365 steep stairs to reach this place. The journey though strenuous is rewarding in ways more than one. You get a bird's eye view of the city from above the temple. It is situated 3 kilometers from the main town of Mount Abu. The inner shrine is reached by crawling a narrow cave. The whole temple is constructed of one huge solid piece of rock and is one of the best specimens of rock cut temples in India.

Doodh Baori: Doodh Baori, a sacred well having milk coloured water, is situated near the Adhar Devi Temple. This well is the main source of milk for the temple and it is commonly believed that the water has some heavenly powers. Local inhabitants consider this well as a form of Kamadhenu, which symbolises a cow. From this place, pilgrims can see the temple, which looks like a small tower.

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devesh said...

your hobby is so good

Ashish Sharma said...

Dear Rajesh,

You are doing an awesome job with this blog.
However, your article on Arbuda Devi in incorrect.

I am from Mount Abu and Arbuda devi is our Kul Devi.

In "History" section you have mentioned "It is said that the image of the goddess Durga can be found hanging here in mid air."
The devine statue of Maa Arbuda Devi is not at all hanging in air.

Though, keep up the good work.

Jai Mata Di.

Rajesh. CTR said...

Thanks Ashish for your comments. I got the details from another website. Since it is your Kuldevi you should know about Arbuda devi well than others. Probably they have said about illusions of God can be seen hanging in mid air.

Jai Mata Di.

Ashish Sharma said...

Not sure about the illusions. However, I am visiting my home town, Mount Abu in last week of July.

Shall ask the priest at Arbuda Devi about the facts and will keep you posted.

pawanjdr said...

Dear rajesh ji
I m pawan pewa from jodhpur rajasthan .I want to know which devi is my kuldevi.actully we all r in confusion........plz if u have any information then plz tell us..


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