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In the mythology Mainaka is the golden heart mountain at the bottom of the sea. Mainaka aided Hanuman
by rising to the surface for him to rest on as he was flying over to Lanka. This was done at the proposal of the Spirit of the ocean who whispered to Mainaka that Hanuman, son of the wind was in danger and he must help him. Thus Mainaka rose from the bottom of the sea all clothed in fluttering greenness. The plants were floating with ocean spray.
Hanuman questioned why the mountain was in the bottom of the sea. To this question the spirit answered that in the early days the mountains had wings and could roam through Lord Indra
's world. But all creatures were in constant terror, lest they should be crushed by these flying monsters. So the great God, in whose sight life is precious, charged Indra to take these wings from the mountains. But it is a glorious delight to fly. But Mainaka did not listen to Indra's command and fled. But Indra pursued Mainaka and in his wrath burned the wings by Vajra, the thunderbolt.
And he had slain Mainaka totally and great God, the kindly wind, who had fluttered often among Mainaka's groves and prairies, snatched him up in his arms, and carried Mainaka to the large-hearted sea.
At last the great generous sea gave shelter to Mainaka. Mainaka stayed under the sea for many years and at last helped Hanuman and Hanuman promised to help Mainaka. Then Indra smiled down and blessed Mainaka for his golden heart.
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