Sage Vashishtha lived here with his wife and the wish fulfilling
cow, gifted to him by the Devas, after they obtained it from
the churning of the ocean, with eight other jewels! He is
credited to have brought Nandi Vardhan Mountain, the youngest
son of Himalayas, to Mount Abu. The incredible flying snake,
Arbud Naag, who brought the gargantuan mountain from the South
on its back, demanded the mountain to be named after him as
"Arbudanchal" for the recognition of his services in bringing
the great mountain from the South to its present address.
usual the British could not pronounce the tongue twister hence
tarnished the glorious name to Abu. As the bard of Stratford
on Avon would have commented, 'what is there in a name', the
change of name to Abu could not diminish the grandeur of these
mountains. Wonder of wonders is that in these ranges the Pine
of Tundra and the Date Palm of desert amicably grow side by
side. Being the oldest mountain ranges in the world they are
the right candidate to be honored as the cradle of civilization.
It is the place where Lord Rama came to have his schooling
hence it is no doubt the Alma Mater of Lord Rama. It is the
fountain head of the origin of one of the three sisters of
Triveni, the Sarsawati, who meets her other two sisters, the
Ganga and the Jamuna at Triveni at Allahabad, after travelling
sub-terrain for a long distance.
It is authentically mentioned in Van Perva
of Mahabharata, where Sage Ved Vyas sways Dharma Raj Udhishtar
to spend one night at Vashishtha Ashram, and further enlightens
that a night's stay at the Ashram would bless him with the
blessing, equivalent to giving one thousand cows in charity.