Indian Art Series: Meru- The Golden Mountain
The continent that we live on, was named as Jambudwipa by the sages, in the Bhagwat Purana. At the very center of Jambudwipa stands the 'all-gold mount Meru'- the king of all mountains. The Purana describes that the Mount Meru is surrounded by four other mountains as it's supports- Suparshva, Kumud, Mandara, and Mermandara. On these four mountain ranges stand four great trees- the Mango, the Jambu, the Kadamb, and the Banyan. The manuscript of the Anandi Patan has an extraordinarily painted leaf with a picture of Mount Meru on it.