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Asurabhavana

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Asurabhavana On the top of Sineru is Távatimsa (SNA.ii.485f), while at its foot is the Asurabhavana of ten thousand leagues; in the middle are the four Mahádípá with their two thousand smaller dípá. (The Asurabhavana was not originally there, but sprang up by the power of the Asuras when they were thrown down from Távatimsa, DhA.i.272; see, e.g., SNA.i.201).

Sineru is often used in similes, its chief characteristic being its un-shakeability (sutthuthapita) (E.g., SN. vs.683). It is also called Meru or Sumeru (E.g., Cv.xlii.2), Hemameru (E.g., Cv.xxxii.79) and Maháneru (M.i.338; also Neru, J.iii.247).

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