accident, Nandini, ;he sacred cow of Vasistha fell into it. When
efforts to extricate it met with failure, Vasistha sought the bell
of Himalaya to lift the cow and to fill up that deep fissure. But
the later declined on the ground that the place was uninhabitable.
Thereupon, Vasistha promised to make the spot and the country
adjacent, pure and habitation - worthy. Pleased with it, Himalaya sent
his son Arbuda on this work. At the behest of his father, Arbuda
closed the hole, and hence it was called the Arbuda kshetra.
Vasistha built an asram with a temple of Maheswar in it and it is
now called the Achaleswar shrine. He caused a. big fire-pit made in
his hermitage for his nithya naimithika rituals. It is believed that
the four Rajaput clans - Agnikula Kshatrias emerged from this
sacrificial pit, who ruled the present Rajasthan and its surrounding
countries for centuries with an enviable record of unparalleled
glory and valour, among the rulers of our sacred land. Vishnu Purana
also embodies a certain amount of proof of the glorious past of this