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I heard in the Ramayana that mountains used to have wings at that time, but somehow all the mountains lost their wings, except for one mountain which was between India and Sri Lanka.

This mountain helped Lord Hanuman by letting him rest on itself for a while when he was flying towards Lanka in search of Goddess Sita. Although Lord Hanuman didn't take rest on the mountain, he did show respect towards the mountain for its kindness, by touching it with his toe.

So, is it true that mountains had wings? If yes, then how did they lose their wings?

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As Sundarkandnirnay - 2 says

Mainak parvat had wings. Earlier all the mountains had wings. They out of pride, started flying in the air and settling down at their will. This caused inconvenience to the people at large. Hence Indra cut the wings of all the mountains.

But Mainak, the golden parvat, 100 yojana in width, took shelter of vayu and then consequently was saved and allowed to stay in lavan samudra.

And one more point need to mention, which may be out of this question but from same link,

The fact that Mainak was 100 yojana, 800 miles, shows Lanka is not the Srilanka we often mistake, Lanka is far away beyond Malayachal, behind trikut parvat. Srilanka is simhala dweep according to Varaha purana.

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hi, correct answer. Just add references to the Ramayana verses if you like instead of blog posts and it will be more better. –  jabahar Jul 10 at 8:56
    
@jabahar Hi thanks for your complement, but I didn't understand what reference. Because, this happened in Krutayuga which is some million years before of Ramayana. –  Bharadwaj Jul 10 at 9:42
    
By references I meant verses of the scripture that mention those things. For example, Valmiki Ramayan 5.1.123 and 125 mention that mountains had wings but Indra cut them down. –  jabahar Jul 10 at 13:45
    
Valmiki Ramayan might be stated it because to give reference to the context what Mainaka parvat told to Hanuman. But this cutting wings happened long before Ramayana. –  Bharadwaj Jul 10 at 13:47
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To extend your answer as I know lord indra cut the wings of mainak parvat (mountain) after lord hanuman crossed it. The mountain was aware that lord Indra will cut his wings if he reveals himself out of ocean. Still he came above ocean to help lord Rama to find his wife Sita. A great sacrifice for a good purpose. –  Mr_Green Jul 10 at 18:10
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