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Mount Meru is a sacred mountain in Hindu mythology which is believed to be the abode of Brahma and other gods. It is believed the mountain is 80,000 leagues (450,000 km) high.


Mount Meru is said to be located at the centre of the earth in Jambu dweepa, one of the continents on earth in Hindu mythology. Legends say that Mount Meru and the wind god Vayu were good friends. However, the sage Narad approached Vayu and incited him to humble the mountain. Vayu blew with full force for one full year, but Meru did not submit. However, after a year Meru took respite for some time. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Vayu increased its force. Thus apex of the mountain was broken and it fell into the sea and created the modern day island country of Sri Lanka.


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Mount Meru (Mythology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (572 words)
Mount Meru or Mount Sumeru is a sacred mountain in Hindu mythology considered to be the center of the universe.
Another legend well-known to this day in India, is regarding the daily circumnambulation of the sun around mount Meru, and involves the sage Agastya.
Some beliefs, local to that area of the Himalayas, associate mythical Mount Meru with a mountain called Kailasa near the Lake Manasarovar in Tibet.
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