We had a very early start the next day for Mount Abu. It is a popular hill station in the Aravalli range of Rajasthan. The place is home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests. We were to go to the famous Dilwara temple first, but were told that the temple doesn’t open till 12 in the afternoon so we made our way to the Peace Park first. This park is made for recreation as well as meditation by the famous sect of Brahma Kumaris. I had some idea about Brahma Kumaris as back home I had once visited their center where they teach the art of meditation and have religious discourse. The Peace Park was both lovely and serene. In the park there were level playing fields, picnic areas, swings and nature walks. Nestled between two peaks it offers perfect recreational environment.
The Brahma Kumaris clad in stark white sarees and with calm, happy and glowing faces were a peaceful site in itself. They gave us few meditation tips and with them we practiced it for 15 to 20 minutes. It was an exhilarating experience. Those fifteen minutes had a very calming effect on the system. ‘Om Shanti’! This is how they greet everyone.
We had our breakfast there and then headed for the Dilwara jain Temple. From the outside the temple looked fairly basic but the moment we stepped inside we were amazed by its extraordinary architecture and marble stone carvings. We were not allowed to take the pictures inside the temple but what a wonderful job the craftsman had done! The minutely carved ceilings and pillars are just amazing. The temple is surrounded by lush green hills which add to its charm. Our guide told us that at the time when this temple was constructed there were no roads and the huge marble stones were transported on elephant’s back from another hill to this remote region at 1200 meters height. Really the statues and the sculpture of the temple are out of the world. Hats off to all those who designed this temple. There were five major sections of the temple devoted to five saints.
It was a fantastic experience. Then our guide took us to a lake which according to the old mythology was dug out of nails by Gods. The name Nakki Lake is originated from this mythology; nakh meaning nails. The place was quite scenic. We had a shikara (kind of a boat) ride in the lake which was quite fun filled and relaxing. There were many vendors around the lake. We purchased some local fruits and the little boy selling fruits washed them for us to eat, that was really sweet of him. Just near the hill there is a place called toad rock it is so called because it looks like a toad about to jump the lake. We went there using the steps leading down to Nakki lake. Just next to the lake there was a path that leads to Sunset Point, but that part is bit tribal and with forests all around we were advised to go there before it gets dark as that area was dangerous because of the bandits living around. We thought it better to let it go as we did not wanted to get into trouble and our guide was also a bit reluctant to go there.