Mount Meru Darshan
The great Mount Meru...the centre of the Earth has been the one of the most researched and searched legends from ancient India. It has been famed to be lying in the ancient continent of Jambudwipa.
I personally feel that the ancient continent of Jambudwipa correlats to the Kumari Kandam and the legend of Lemuria.
This ancient continent stretched from the northern Indian plains to Madgasgar and Africa in the west , to Indonesia and beyond in the southeast uptil Australia.
An ancient catastorphe perhaps has submerged the great continent into the Indian Ocean.
Mount Meru which is proclaimed to be the centre of the Earth has been cited as Mount Kailash in Tibet by various researchers. Also there are many other contenders like
"A few scholars believe Mount Meru or Sumeru to be the Pamirs, north-east of Kashmir . In epic times, it had formed the parts of Ancient Kamboja--more precisely, the Parama Kamboja of the epic Mahabharata (II.2.27) .
Some scholars have tried to locate Mt Meru somewhere in Central Asia, but there are explicit references of it being in the middle of the Earth. Suryasiddhānta mentions that Mt Meru lies in 'the middle of the Earth' ("bhoogola-madhya") in the land of the Jamboonada. E. Burgess translates "bhoogola-madhya" as "the centre of the earth-globe" and not as 'bhoo-madhya' which is used for equator in Sanskrit and Hindi texts. Narpatijayacharyā, a mediaeval work of 9th century, based on mostly unpublished texts of Yāmala Tantra, mentions "Sumeruḥ Prithvī-madhye shrūyate drishyate na tu" ('Su-meru is heard to be in the middle of the Earth, but is not seen there'), which implies that middle of earth meant either the middle of surface landmass or the middle of entire surface, ie the equator, because the author could not go to the centre of earth-globe to see anything. In the same chapter, description of Prithvi-Koormachakra shows that this mediaeval author had no knowledge of any country outside India except in the vicinity. Therefore, he looked for Mt Meru in the middle of India and could not find it there. Vārāha Mihira, in his Panch-siddhāntikā, locates Mt Meru at the North Pole. Suryasiddhānta, however, mentions a Mt Meru in the middle of Earth, besides a Sumeru and a Kumeru at both poles. Therefore, Sumeru was used both for North Pole as well as for the central Mt Meru by ancient authors. There is a town Meru at the foot of Mt Kenya at the equator, another Mt Meru lying in neighbouring Tanzania, a place named Kinyan-giri is in Tanzania,which translates as Mt Kinyan or Kenya, etc. Relations of these Sanskrit names in central Africa to Indian Meru is not clear. Clyde Winters claims to read the problematic Meroitic language of ancient Kushites of Sudan as a cognate of the Tochārian language of Kushānas of Central Asia, which is an Indo-European language of the western kentum branch. If his decipherment is valid, then the ancient city of Merœ eulogized by Herodotus may be related to Mt Meru in some way"
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The Devi Bhagawata describes Mount Meru
"On the east of Meru is established the city of Indra and the Devas dwell there. It is called therefore Devadhânikâ. On the south of the Meru, is the famous city of Yama, the God of Death, named Samyamanî. On the west of Meru, is the great city of Varuna, named Nimnochanî. On the north of Meru is the city of the Moon, named Vibhâvarî. O Nârada! The Brahmavâdîs say that the Sun first rises in the city of Indra. At noon the Sun goes to Samyamanî; at evening the Sun goes to Nimnochanî and He is said to set. In the night the Sun remains in Vibhâvarî. O Muni! The going of the Sun round Meru is the cause of all the beings getting themselves engaged in their respective duties. The inhabitants of the Meru see the Sun always in the central position. The Sun moves on, eastwards towards the stars, keeping the Meru to his left; but if the Zodiac be taken into account, it would appear that the Meru is left towards the south of the Sun. The rising and the setting of the Sun are always considered in front of Him. O Devarsi! Every point, every quarter, every person, seeing the Sun says that the Sun has risen there; again where he becomes invisible, He is considered to set there. The Sun always exists; so there is no rising nor setting for Him. It is His appearance and disappearance that make men say that the Sun rises or sets. When the Sun is in the Indra’s city, He illumines the three cities, those of Indra, Yama, and the Moon and illumines the north-east and east-west corners. So when He rests in the city of Fire, he illumines north-east, east-west, and south-west, the three corners, and at the same time the cities of Indra and Yama; and so on for the other cities and corners. O Nârada! The Mont Meru is situated towards the north of all the Dvîpas and Varsas. So whenever any person sees the Sun rise he calls that side “east.” But Meru exists towards the left of the Sun; so it is said. If the Sun travels in 15 (fifteen) Ghatikâs, the distance from Indrapurî to Yamapurî, He is said to travel within that time a distance equal to 2¼ Kotis, 12½ lakhs and 25000 Yojanas (22695000 Yojanas). The thousand-eyed and thousand rayed Sun God is the Manifester of Time. He travels in the aforesaid way the cities of Varuna, Chandra and Indra respectively. He is the diadem of the Svarloka; and the Zodiac is his Âtman. He travels thus, to mark off time to all persons. O Nârada! The Moon and the other planets and stars rise and set in the aforesaid manner. Thus the powerful chariot of the Sun travels in a Muhûrta 142,00000 Yojanas. By the force of Pravaha Vâyu (air), the Sun God, the Incarnate of the Vedas travels round the cities, the Zodiac, in one Samvatsara (year). The wheel of the Sun’s Chariot is one year; twelve months are the spokes; three Châturmâsyas are the nave and the six seasons are the outer ring or circumference of the wheel. The learned men call this chariot as the Samvatsara (one year). The axis or axle points to the Meru on one side and to Mânasottara mountain on the other. The end or circumference of the wheel marks off other divisions of the time as Kalâ, Kâsthâ, Muhûrta, Yâma, Parahara, day and night, and fortnights. The wheel is fixed on the nave. The Sun goes on this wheel, like an oilman’s on his oil-machine, round and round the Mânasottara mountain. The eastern side of the wheel is on that axis and the other part is fixed on the Pole Star. The dimension of the first axis is (15750000 Yoyanas). The second axis measures one-fourth of the above (3937500 Yoyanas). It resembles the axis of an oil-machine. The upper side of that is considered to belong to the Sun. The seat of the Sun on his chariot measures 36 Lakh Yoyanas wide. The Yuga measures in length one fourth of the above dimensions, that of his seat. The Chariot is is moved by seven horses, consisting of the seven Chhandas, Gâyatrî, etc., driven by Aruna. The horses carry the Sun for the happiness of all. Though the charioteer sits in front of the Sun, his face is turned towards the west. He does his work as a charioteer in that state. Sixty thousand Vâlakhilya Risis, of the size of a thumb, chant the sweet Vedic hymns before Him. Other Risis, Apsarâs, Uragas, Grâmanîs, Râksasas, and all the Devas, each divided in groups of seven, worship every month that highly lustrous Sun-god. The earth measures 90152000 Kros’a Yuga Yoyanas (1 Krosa - ¼ Yoyana). The Sun passes over this distance in a moment. He does not take rest in his this work even for a day; no, not even for a moment.
Here ends the Fifteenth Chapter of the Eighth Book on the motion of the Sun in the Mahâpurânam, S'rî Mad Devî Bhâgavatam, of 18000 verses, by Maharsi Veda Vyâsa."
There are many such references to Mount Meru in ancient texts.
But none of the contemporary mountains fit the power of being Meru, even Mount Kailash for the Himalayas were born a few million years ago due to Jambudwipa smashing into the main Asian land mass.
Mount Meru has to be older...as old as the Earth.
Only one such land mass qualifies for this.
It is my strong BELIEF, FAITH, that the ancient Mount Meru is none other than Arunachala.
Bhagwan has been the most potent voice in bringing the attention of the world to Arunachala being the spiritual Heart, the centre of the world. It is the older of the Himalayas geologically and also seems to occupy the centre of ancient Jambudwipa.
"“When someone asks me who I am, I say that I
am one of the aboriginal people of India. Some historians
have dated the Vedas to be a few thousand years
old. But the Vedas itself states the geography of the
region in which it originated to be an island, surrounded
by water (jambudveepe). This must have been
before the land masses became what they are today.
The tradition espoused in India is indeed timeless.”
--Sri Ganapati Sthapati
Arunachala is Mount Meru.
The most ancient, magnificent deity of Jambudwipa...the deity which has seen innumerbale civilizations rise and fall, born and die.
Even the Sun circumbulates Arunachala, the Moon offers it rays out of pure love for It.
Any darshan of Arunachala automatically qualifies as Mount Meru Darshan as this is a general darshan and not a specific part of Arunachala. It is our blessedness that we can see these great darshans of Arunachala.
Here are a few.
The Great Ancient Maha Meru Darshan of Arunachala