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Meru

Meru Cologne Sanskrit Dictionary: meru m. (Un2. iv , 101) N. of a fabulous mountain (regarded as the Olympus of Hindu mythology and said to form the central point of Jambu-dvipa all the planets revolve round it and it is compared to the cup or seed-vessel of a lotus , the leaves of which are formed by the different Dvipas q.v. ; the river Ganges falls from heaven on its summit , and flows thence to the surrounding worlds in four streams ; the regents of the four quarters of the compass occupy the corresponding faces of the mountain , the whole of which consists of gold and gems ; its summit is the residence of Brahma , and a place of meeting for the gods , Rishis , Gandharvas &c. , when not regarded as a fabulous mountain , it appears to mean the highland of Tartary north of the Himalaya) a partic. kind of temple the central or most prominent bead in a rosary the most prominent finger-joint in partic. positions of the fingers N. of the palace of Gandhari (one of the wives of Krishna) of a Cakra-vartin (with {zAstrin}) of a modern teacher of another man f. N. of the wife of Nabhi and mother of Rishabha
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