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MERU. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A fabulous mountain in the navel or centre of the earth, on which is situated Swarga, the heaven of Indra, containing the cities of the gods and the habitations of celestial spirits. The Olympus of the Hindus. Regarded as a terrestrial object, it would seem to be some mountain north of the Himalayas. It is also Sumeru, Hemadri, 'golden mountain;' Ratnasanu, 'jewel peak;' Karnikachala, 'lotus mountain;' and Amaradri and Devaparvata, 'mountain of the gods.'

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