Gaumukh temple is one of the most popular sacred sites for Hindus in Mount Abu. Climb a flight of 700 stairs to arrive at the temple and also adore a panoramic view of the surrounding area. When translated in English, the name of temple means the ‘mouth of the Cow’ as the word ‘Gau’ means cow and ‘Mukh’ means ‘mouth’.
Gaumukh temple is dedicated to Nandi, the divine bull of Lord Shiva (his vehicle) and thus the temple is especially quite popular amidst the followers of Lord Shiva. Water stream falls from the mouth of the bull statue. Devotees and tourists throng the temple in equal numbers, all round the year. The entrance of the temple has a statue of Nandi along with the idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Rama and Rishi Vashishth, placed nearby.
It is believed that the temple exists from the time when Rishi Vashishth lived in Mount Abu. History states that he had performed a Yagna here for seeking the blessings of gods and goddesses for safety of the earth. The site where the Sage had performed Yagna and had offered prayers is called Agni Kund. Gaumukh temple is one of the must-visit places in Mount Abu. As the temple is located amidst thick forest, it is not advisable to visit the temple during monsoon and night hours.