Gaumukh Temple-Vashisht Ashram
Rajasthan , Sirohi
In the beautiful hill station of Mount Abu, 700 steps through thick forests and wilderness reaches to the Gaumukh temple, a shrine dedicated to Saint Vashisth. Once a meditating haven for ascetics, sages and saints, the Gaumukh Temple is now a popular tourist destination. It is believed that Saint Vashishth performed a yagna there that created the four major Rajput clans. The Agni Kund, near the shrine is believed to be the site of a sacrificial fire which Saint Vashishth used to perform the yagna from which the four clans were born. Religious texts speaks of Lord Ram, Laxman being educated here and Yudhishtar as having stayed here. The temple and its surroundings were partially destroyed in the 1975 earthquake.
Legend describes that once, when Sages Viswamitra and Vashisth were engaged in a debate, river Sarswati chose to support Vashistha. This enraged Vishwamitra and he cursed the river that she would be unholy. With no Gods willing to help her, Saraswathi then approached Vashisth asking him to aid her. The Sage replied that she will be purified if she flows by his abode. From that time, the river Saraswati has been flowing endlessly at this ash...View more
am. Later, a king who ruled the place installed the 'Gau Mukh' or a cow's head near this flow and built a small pool.
A steep climb of around 700 steps leads to the Gaumukh temple and the nearby Vashisht ashram. A large marble statue of a cow has been built on the site. There is a stream of water that flows from the mouth of the cow. The ashram of Sage Vasishta is made of white marble masonry. The ashram enshrines the deities of Lord Shiva, Lord Ram, Sage Vashisht etc. The agni kund, where the Sage is believed to have conducted the yagna can also be seen.Picture...View more
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Timings : The trek to the temple is steep, and the place isolated. Hence it is advisable to not go to the shrine during the late hours. Also, elderly and those who are not fit enough should avoid the trek.
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. The Achalgarh fort was built in the 14th century by Rana Kumbha of Mewar. The fort is now in ruins.
Goumukh Path, Goumkh, Rajasthan
By rail - Mount Abu has 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. The temple is situated five kms from Mount Abu. One can hire a local taxi to reach the base of the temple. There is a 700 steps steep trek to reach the shrine.
By air - Maharana Pratap airport in Udaipur is 180 kms fromMount Abu. Taxis and buses are available from the airport.
The priests perform regular puja and rituals at the Vashisht ashram shrine
Devotees can have a dip in the holy water that falls to a tank through the mouth of a marble cow.
March - Maha Shivrathri (Feb/Mar)
October - Navrathri
November - Deepavali