Gandhamadana, a mountain

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A mountain famed in the Puranas and lying to the east of the Himalayas.
(Bhagavata, Pancama Skandha).
The puranic importance of the mountain may be summarised as follows :-

(1) Kasyapa did tapas at this mountain. (Adi Parva, Chapter 30, Verse 10) .

(2) Ananta (Adisesa) had once done tapas here. (Adi Parva, Chapter 36, Verse 3) .

(3) Once Pandu went to the Satasrnga mountain along with his wives Kunti and Madri for doing tapas, and on that occasion they visited Gandhamadana also.
(Adi Parva, Chapter 118, Verse 48).

(4) This mountain assumes the form of a divine person, attends Kubera’s assembly and worships him.
(Sabha Parva, Chapter 10, Verse 32) .

(5) Sri Krsna in the company of Narayanarsi spent 10,000 years on this mountain as an anchorite. (Vana Parva, Chapter 12, Verse 11) .

(6) Arjuna on his way to Mount Kailasa to do tapas crossed the #Gandhamadana mountain. (Vana Parva, Chapter 37, Verse 41) .

(7) Only those who possess power got by tapas will be able to climb this mountain. (Vana Parva, Chapter 140, Verse 22).

(8) There is the Badari tree and under it there is an asrama of Naranarayanas on the heights of this moun. tain, and Yaksas stay there always. (Vana Parva, Chapter 141, Verse 22).

(9) Once the Pandavas, with the aid of Ghatotkaca mounted this mountain. (Vana Parva, Chapter 145).

(10) It was here, at this mountain that Bhima killed Maniman, a friend of Kubera. (Vana Parva, Chapter 160, Verse 76) .

(11) Kubera, who was driven out of Lanka stayed at this mountain during the initial periods. (Vana Parva, Chapter 275, Verse 33).



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