|Canto 5: The Creative Impetus||Chapter 17: The Descent of the River Ganges|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.17.6
sītā tu brahma-sadanāt kesarācalādi-giri-śikharebhyo 'dho 'dhaḥ prasravantī gandhamādana-mūrdhasu patitvāntareṇa bhadrāśva-varṣaḿ prācyāḿ diśi kṣāra-samudram abhipraviśati
sītā — the branch known as Sītā; tu — certainly; brahma-sadanāt — from Brahmapurī; kesarācala-ādi — of Kesarācala and of other great mountains; giri — hills; śikharebhyaḥ — from the tops; adhaḥ adhaḥ — downward; prasravantī — flowing; gandhamādana — of Gandhamādana Mountain; mūrdhasu — on the top; patitvā — falling down; antareṇa — within; bhadrāśva-varṣam — the province known as Bhadrāśva; prācyām — in the western; diśi — direction; kṣāra-samudram — the ocean of salt water; abhipraviśati — enters.
The branch of the Ganges known as the Sītā flows through Brahmapurī atop Mount Meru, and from there it runs down to the nearby peaks of the Kesarācala Mountains, which stand almost as high as Mount Meru itself. These mountains are like a bunch of filaments around Mount Meru. From the Kesarācala Mountains, the Ganges falls to the peak of Gandhamādana Mountain and then flows into the land of Bhadrāśva-varṣa. Finally it reaches the ocean of salt water in the west.
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