Where is Sumeru? I have been reading about Hindu Cosmology of seven continents and in that I came across Mount Sumeru. Where is it? Is it the birth place of Hanuman?

  • Can you please tell where you read birthplace of Hanuman is Sumeru? Currently, your question asks two different questions i.e., asking birthplace of Hanuman and where is Sumeru and an additional question renaming it recently. Please limit this question to a single question. It is to avoid partial answers which may not satisfy the queries in a single answer. Split these distinct questions into new questions. Commented Aug 17, 2018 at 9:25
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    Yeah I think Hanuman birth details is lacking but I saw in Jai Hanuman suntv show about Hanuman in sumeru. Soon I will link the address of where I read. Commented Aug 17, 2018 at 10:53
  • You should ask only question per post. There are many questions in the post. Use @Username to reply. Commented Aug 17, 2018 at 11:07
  • Well I'll make it clear. This question is about Sumeru alone and when I read about it, the thing struck my mind was Jai hanuman where they showed Hanuman in Sumeru. That's why I asked whether Sumeru was birth place of Hanuman. @Sarvabhouma Commented Aug 17, 2018 at 11:35

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Was Lord Hanuman born in Sumeru? Is it the birth place of Hanuman?

Yes, as per UTTARA KANDA of Valmiki Ramayan:

[The ascetic Agastya said to Lord Shri Rama:] I am not capable of describing to thee the wondrous childish feat which Hanuman did perform in his boyhood. But if thou art, O Raghava, greatly anxious to hear it, I shall relate do thou hear with a quiescent mind.

Hanuman's father Kesari reigned in the mountain Sumeru which resembles gold by the inluence of the sun. Kesari had a well known wife by the name of Anjana to whom he was greatly attached. The deity Wind begot on Anjana an excellent son. Repairing to a dense forest for collecting fruits, the excellent damsel gave birth to Hanuman.

Earlier, Riksharaja too used to live on mountain Meru and gave birth to Vali and Sigriva. Later,

Beholding his son Riksharaja with his sons(Vali and Sigriva), Brahma, the grand father of the Devas, consoled him in diverse ways. Then he ordered the celestial messenger saying "At my behest, O emissary, do thou proceed to the highly picturesque city of Kishkindha. That golden, big and charming city is worthy of Riksharaja. Do thou place there Riksharaja, the foremost of Vanaras, with his sons; and having invited the leading Vanaras and others and received them courteously do thou install him on the throne. On beholding this Vanara chief, gifted with intelligence they shall be all subject to him."

Brahma, having said this, the celestial emissary, with Riksharaja before him, proceeded to the highly picturesque city of Kishkindha. And having entered there with the velocity of the wind, he, at the com mand of the Patriarch, crowned the leading Vanara Riksharaja as king. All the Vanara, residing on earth consisting of seven insular continentsand bounded by ocean, came under his subjection.

So, Hanuman, Sugriv and Vali were born on mountain Sumeru but later migrated to Kishkindha.

Where is Sumeru?

As per Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) 5.26,

The planetary system known as Bhū-maṇḍala resembles a lotus flower, and its seven islands resemble the whorl of that flower. The length and breadth of the island known as Jambūdvīpa, which is situated in the middle of the whorl. In Jambūdvīpa there are nine divisions of land. Amidst these divisions, or varṣas, is the varṣa named Ilāvṛta, which is situated in the middle of the whorl of the lotus. Within Ilāvṛta-varṣa is Sumeru Mountain.

More details can be found in this article and in this answer.

  • Yeah where is it? Mount Sumeru seems to have connection with Hindu Cosmology of 7 contients from Jambu Dvipa bhagavadgitausa.com/… Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 5:21
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    @AkshayKumarS updated the answer...
    – YDS
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 6:18

Though the Valmiki Ramayan proper does not mention the exact place of Hanuman's birth, Uttar Ramayan does say it to be Sumeru. However, local legend makes it to be Anjaneri near Nashik in Maharashtra and there is another contender for his birthplace at Hampi known as Anjaneyadri Hill.

In the Sundar Kand of Valmiki Ramayan Hanuman introduces himself to Sita as below:

कौरजो नाम वैदेहि गिरीणाम् उत्तमो गिरिः |
ततो गच्छति गो कर्णम् पर्वतम् केसरी हरिः || 5-35-80

"O Seetha! There is a mountain called Malyavan, which is the best among mountains. From there, a monkey called Kesari went to another mountain called Gokarna."

तस्य अहम् हरिणः क्षेत्रे जातो वातेन मैथिलि |
हनूमान् इति विख्यातो लोके स्वेन एव कर्मणा || 5-35-82

O Seetha! I am born in the womb of the wife of that Kesari the monkey, by the grace of the wind-god. By my activity alone, I am renowned as Hanuman in this world.

Since Kesari had moved to Gokarna before his marriage to Anjana it makes sense to assume that Hanuman was also born around that area rather than Meru. Hanuman also spent his whole life around Rishyamukh Parvat in Kishkindha which falls in modern day Karnataka, and is never mentioned to have gone anywhere near Meru ever again so it seems likely that he would have been born somewhere in the Deccan.

Nevertheless, since you have asked about the location of Meru or Sumeru, this is how the Vishnu Puran describes the geography of the earth:

Jambu-dwípa is in the centre of all these: and in the centre of this continent is the golden mountain Meru. The height of Meru is eighty-four thousand Yojanas; and its depth below the surface of the earth is sixteen thousand. Its diameter at the summit is thirty-two thousand Yojanas; and at its base, sixteen thousand: so that this mountain is like the seed-cup of the lotus of the earth.

The boundary mountains (of the earth) are Himaván, Hemakút́a, and Nishadha, which lie SOUTH of Meru; and Níla, Śweta, and Śringí, which are situated to the NORTH of it.

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The Varshas or countries between these ranges are Bhárata, south of the Himaván mountains; next Kimpurusha, north of the latter, and south of Nishadha, is Harivarsha; north of Meru is Ramyaka, extending from the Níla to the Śweta mountains; Hirańmaya lies between the Śweta and Śringí ranges; and Uttarakuru is beyond the latter, following the same direction as Bhárata. Each of these is nine thousand Yojanas in extent.

Ilávrita is of similar dimensions, but in the centre of it is the golden mountain Meru, and the country extends nine thousand Yojanas in each direction from the four sides of the mountain. There are four mountains in this Varsha, formed as buttresses to Meru, each ten thousand Yojanas in elevation: that on the east is called Mandara; that on the south, Gandhamádana; that on the west, Vipula; and that on the north, Supárśwa.

The country of Bhadráśwa lies on the east of Meru, and Ketumála on the west; and between these two is the region of Ilávrita.

Please note BhArat is mentioned as Nabhi Varsha in the image above because that was its early name. As you can see, according to the Puranic geography, Meru exists bang in the middle of the earth in the center of the Ilavrita Varsha while Hanuman lived in Bharat Varsha which is south of the Himalayas.

  • "Though the Valmiki Ramayan does not mention the exact place of Hanuman's birth" - actually Uttar Kanda provide details on it...pls mention that Kishkinda Kand of Valmiki Ramayan does not mention it or remove/corect this...
    – YDS
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 17:27
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    Well the Uttara Kanda is not really a part of the original Valmiki Ramayan but thanks will add the suggestion. Commented Aug 19, 2018 at 6:57
  • The very source from where you gave kishkinda kand reference says Balakand also not part of Valmiki Ramayan same as Uttarakand...but this source itself mention balakand...if we remove Bala and Uttar kanda then most of the Qs will be unanswered from Ramayan...and Uttar kand is mentioned in Pauranik retailing of Ramayan too...saying it's not part of Ramayan is doubtful...
    – YDS
    Commented Aug 19, 2018 at 7:30
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    @YDS am sure we all understand the difference between clarification and calling other's answers illogical. Such comments that are routinely made by many here are really uncalled for and unnecessarily vitiate the atmosphere on this site. You can share what you think is the right answer but should not criticize others for their attempts to answer! Commented Oct 16, 2018 at 4:46
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    Can you entertain the possibility that yours & other's logic may not always match? That is the precise reason there are options for multiple answers and also the provision for selecting the perfect answer as per the OP. Criticizing other's answer is in quite bad taste especially when you yourself have given an alternative answer that would cover all that you had to say :) Also, I don't believe anyone can call any answer based on the scriptures a mistake just because of their own opinion on the topic. Hinduism has thrived on multiple views and that is how this site should also be. Commented Oct 16, 2018 at 5:49

Mt. Semeru is located in Indonesia.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semeru) India and Indonesia have a lot of common culture. And Indonesia was like an extension of Indian kingdoms before the Dutch colonized Indonesia and British colonized India. Hinduism was the primary religion in Indonesia before Islam became dominant.


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