meru Cologne Sanskrit Dictionary meru m. (Un2. iv , 101) N. of a fabulous mountain (regarded as the Olympus of Hindu1 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 Hima7laya) MBh. Ka1v. &c. a partic. kind of temple VarBr2S. the central or most prominent bead in a rosary L. ; the most prominent finger-joint in partic. positions of the fingers L. N. of the palace of Gandhari (one of the wives of Krishna) Hariv. of a Cakra-vartin L. (with {zAstrin}) of a modern teacher Cat. of another man Ra1jat. f. N. of the wife of Na1bhi and mother of R2ishabha VP. (cf. %{-