Guru Shikhar

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Guru Shikhar
Arbuda Mountains.JPG
Aravalli Range as seen from Guru Shikhar
Highest point
Elevation1,722 m (5,650 ft)
ListingList of Indian states and territories by highest point
Coordinates24°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 rangeArbuda 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]

Mythological history[edit]

In this mythological history, the name of goddess Anusuya and her husband, Atri, is primarily recorded as wife and husband.

It is a matter of time that Mother Anasuya Trideva became absorbed in the strictest tenacity for obtaining a son like Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, which made Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati feel uneasy, the wife goddesses of the three Gods.

The three said to their husbands that they should go to the people and go there and take the examination of Goddess Anusuya. At the behest of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh Sannyasis, the people of the earth went to take a test of the ascetic Goddess Anusuya. Tried to go near the sannyasi, Tridev asked him to beg, but he had a condition too.

To take the examination of the favor of Anusuya, Tridev told them that he had come to ask for alms but he should not go begging in his normal form but in the nude state of Anusuya. Artha Devi Anusuya will be able to give them a alms only when she is naked in front of Tridev Please listen to this. After listening to this story, the disciplined first started fluttering but after a little bit of rehearsing, Defining water poured on three monks.

When the water sprinkled, Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh all changed into infant form. After taking the baby form, Anusuya breastfed them as a beggar. When Anushuya's husband Atri came back home, Anusuya called them the secret of three children. Atri had already seen the entire development with his divine vision. Atri embraced the three children and with their power, they converted three children into one child, with three heads and six hands.

Due to Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh's not returning to heaven, his wives became worried and came to Goddess Aasuya himself. Sarswati, Lakshmi, Parvati urged them to give back their respective husbands. Anusuya and her husband accepted the suggestion of the three ladies and Tridev came into their real form. After being pleased and impressed by Anusuya and Atri, Tridev gave them Dattatreya's son as a gift, which was the embodiment of these three gods. Dattatreya's body was one but he had three heads and six arms. Dattatreya in particular is considered to be the incarnation of Vishnu.

Dattatreya's other two brothers were Chandra Deva and Rishi Durvasha. Brahma and Rishi Durvasha are considered to be the form of Shiva to the Moon.

On the day Dattatreya was born, people of Hindu religion celebrate that day as Dattatreya Jayanti.

Entrance to the small cave temple atop Guru Shikar.
View from the highest point in Mount Abu

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.