The 'gau' at the Gaumukh temple is Nandi. Associated with Lord Shiva the temple has become particularly important for the Shaivites. However it would be wrong to say that the temple is visited by them only. Lord Shiva is worshipped in almost all parts of India. Large numbers of people are followers of the lord. Hence tourists as well devotees visit the temple throughout the year. What is striking about this temple is its simplicity. As one enters the shrine he will come across a statue of Nandi. Near this statue the idols of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna are also located.
The history of the temple dates back to the era of Rishi Vashishth. It is said that he had performed a great yagna at this place to please the gods and goddesses and seek their blessings for the welfare of the earth. Such legends too had made the Gaumukh temple in Mount Abu an important place of interest. Besides the religious significance such holy shrines reflect the religious beliefs of the people as well.