Guru Shikhar

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Guru Shikhar
Arbuda Mountains.JPG
Aravalli Range as seen from Guru Shikhar
Highest point
Elevation 1,722 m (5,650 ft)
Listing List of Indian states and territories by highest point
Coordinates 24°38′59.5″N 72°46′34.5″E / 24.649861°N 72.776250°E / 24.649861; 72.776250Coordinates: 24°38′59.5″N 72°46′34.5″E / 24.649861°N 72.776250°E / 24.649861; 72.776250
Geography
Guru Shikhar is located in Rajasthan
Guru Shikhar
Guru Shikhar
Parent range Arbuda Mountains, Aravalli Range

Guru Shikhar, a peak in the Arbuda Mountains of Rajasthan, is the highest point of the Aravalli Range. It rises to an elevation of 1,722 metres (5,650 ft).[1] It is 15 km from Mount Abu and a road from there leads almost to the top of the mountain.[2]It is named Guru-Shikhar or 'the peak of the guru' after Dattatreya, an incarnation of Vishnu, and a cave at the summit contains a temple dedicated to him, plus one dedicated his mother, Anasuya, wife of sage Atri nearby.[3]

Adjacent to the temple is the Mt Abu Observatory operated by the Physical Research Laboratory. This observatory hosts a 1.2m infrared telescope and also several Astronomy experiments.[4]

Entrance to the small cave temple atop Guru Shikar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kohli, M.S. (2004), Mountains of India: Tourism, Adventure, Pilgrimage, Indus Publishing, p. 29, ISBN 978-81-7387-135-1 
  2. ^ Singh, Sarina (2009), India 13, Lonely Planet, p. 230, ISBN 978-1-74179-151-8 
  3. ^ "Guru Shikhar — Highest Point of Aravali in Rajasthan". Mount Abu Official website. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  4. ^ Astronomy & Astrophysics Division (A&A) . Retrieved 2 January 2013.