Dowson's Classical Dictionary
of Hindu Mythology] The
mountains which stretch across India, and divide what Manu calls the
Madhyadesa or 'middle land,' the land of the Hindus, from the south,
that is, they divide Hindustan from the Dakhin. The mountain is personified,
and according to a legend he was jealous of the Himalaya, and called
upon the sun to revolve round him as he did round Meru. When the sun
refused the mountain began to raise its head to obstruct that luminary,
and to tower above Himalaya and Meru. The gods invoked the aid of Agastya,
the spiritual guide of Vindhya. That sage called upon the mountain to
bow down before him, and afford him an easy passage to and from the south.
It obeyed, and Agastya passed over. But he never returned, and so the
mountain remains in its humbled condition, far inferior to the Himalaya
Languages MLLL-4993. Indian Epics. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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