Adhar Devi Temple, Arbuda devi temple
Rajasthan , Sirohi
In the hill city of Mount Abu, with the panoramic view of the city sprawling beneath is the Shakthipeetha of Adhar Devi, the shrine dedicated to Goddess Durga. 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.Though the exact time of its origin is unknown the shrine is said to be in existence from 3209 AD.
When Lord Shiva's wrath at the death of his wife Sati manifested as the Tandava which would destroy the Universe, Lord Vishnu's Sudarshan chakra cut her corpse into pieces which scattered around the subcontinent. It is here, at Adhar devi temple the 'adhar' or lip of the Devi is believed to have fallen.
The shrine is not a man made structure but a temple sculpted onto a cave. The steps carved on the rocks takes the devotees uphill to the temple. The shrine is inside a natural cave in a big boulder. The inner shrine is reached by crawling a narrow cave. There is a continuously burning lamp inside that cave.
Timings : Temple timings - 7.00 AM to 7.30 PM
The temple is popular among Tantrik ascetics.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative clothing.
Mount Abu is a popular hill station in the Aravalli Range in Sirohi district of Rajasthan state in western India. It has been a favoured destination for tourists away from the heat of Rajasthan and neighbouring Gujarat for centuries.
Sirohi District, Mount Abu, Rajasthan 307501
By rail - Mount Abu had rail services from major cities railway stations like Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Chennai, Ajmer, Pali, Jaipur, Ahmedabad etc.
By road - Mount Abu is well connected by road to other cities of Rajasthan. There are around 350 steps to climb to reach the temple.
By air - Maharana Pratap airport in Udaipur is 180 km from Mount Abu. Taxis and buses are available from the airport.
Aarati is performed in the morning, at noon and in the evening. Bhoga is offered to the deity in the morning and in the Evening.
Hymns from Shri Durga Shaptashati are sung at the time of Aarati here.
October - Navrathri