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LANKA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology]

The island of Ceylon or its capital city. The city is described in the Ramayana as of vast extent and of great magnificence, with seven broad moats and seven stupendous walls of stone and metal.

It is said to have been built of gold by Viswakaram for the residence of Kuvera, from whom it was taken by Ravana.

The Bhagavata Purana represents that the island was originally the summit of Mount Meru, which was broken off by the god of the wind and hurled into the sea.


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