TEXT 8
uttarottarenelavrtam nilah svetah srngavan iti trayo ramyaka-hiranmaya-kurunam varsanam maryada-girayah prag-ayata ubhayatah ksarodavadhayo dvi-sahasra-prthava ekaikasah purvasmat purvasmad uttara uttaro dasamsadhikamsena dairghya eva hrasanti.
SYNONYMS
uttara-uttarena ilavrtam—further and further north of Ilavrta-varsa; nilahNila; svetah—Sveta; srngavan—Srngavan; iti—thus; trayah—three mountains; ramyakaRamyaka; hiranmayaHiranmaya; kurunam—of the Kuru division; varsanam—of the varsas; maryada-girayah—the mountains marking the borders; prak-ayatah—extended on the eastern side; ubhayatah—to the east and the west; ksaroda—the ocean of salt water; avadhayah—extending to; dvi-sahasra-prthavah—which are two thousand yojanas wide; eka-ekasah—one after another; purvasmat—than the former; purvasmat—than the former; uttarah—further north; uttarah—further north; dasa-amsa-adhika-amsena—by one tenth of the former; dairghyah—in length; eva—indeed; hrasanti—become shorter.
TRANSLATION
Just north of Ilavrta-varsa—and going further northward, one after another—are three mountains named Nila, Sveta and Srngavan. These mark the borders of the three varsas named Ramyaka, Hiranmaya and Kuru and separate them from one another. The width of these mountains is 2,000 yojanas [16,000 miles]. Lengthwise, they extend east and west to the beaches of the ocean of salt water. Going from south to north, the length of each mountain is one tenth that of the previous mountain, but the height of them all is the same.
PURPORT
In this regard, Madhvacarya quotes the following verses from the Brahmanda Purana:
yatha bhagavate tuktam
bhauvanam kosa-laksanam
tasyavirodhato yojyam
anya-granthantare sthitam
mandode puranam caiva
vyatyasam ksira-sagare
rahu-soma-ravinam ca
mandalad dvi-gunoktitam
vinaiva sarvam unneyam
yojanabhedato ’tra tu
It appears from these verses that aside from the sun and moon, there is an invisible planet called Rahu. The movements of Rahu cause both solar and lunar eclipses. We suggest that the modern expeditions attempting to reach the moon are mistakenly going to Rahu.

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