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The legend of Mount Abu and Achalgarh

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Being a part of one the oldest mountains of the world, Mount Abu has a lot of legend associated with it. The great saint Vashisth lived and performed a yagna to create four Agnikula – the Chauhans, Parihars (Pratiharas), Parmars and Solankis (Chalukyas) to protect the earth from demons. With the birth of the four Agnikula Rajput clans, the mountain range got very unstable and led to frequent violent tremors. Lord Shiva helped the place by putting his big toe on the sacred Achalgarh. Thus the peak of Mount Abu came to be known as Guru Shikhar. Once Vashisth’s cow Nandini was trapped in a deep gorge and could not free herself. Vashisth appealed to Lord Shiva for help. The Lord sent the divine stream Saraswati, to help flood the gorge so that the cow could float up. Vashisth with the help of mighty snake Arbud filled up the gorge permanently…

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