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Mount Meru is the sacred five-peaked mountain of Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist cosmology and is considered to be the center of all the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes.

Many famous Buddhist and similar Jain, as well as Hindu temples, have been built as symbolic representations of this mountain.

Meru tower is the principal shrine of a Balinese temple. It is a wooden pagoda-like structure with a masonry base, a wooden chamber and multi-tiered thatched roofs. The height of Meru towers represent the Hindu Mount Meru. Meru towers are usually dedicated to either the highest gods of the Hindu pantheon, the local pantheon, or a deified person. Meru towers consist of a masonry base of about a meter height. Above this platform is a wooden chamber raised on stilts. The wooden chamber is surmounted by a series of fiber thatched roofs of diminishing size. Meru towers consist of a masonry base of about a meter height.

The multi-tiered thatched roofs is the most recognizable feature of the meru towers. The number of roofs is always odd and reflects the status of the deity to whom the shrine is dedicated.

A three-tiered meru tower is usually dedicated to a deified ancestor.

A five-tiered meru tower is dedicated to the god of Mount Agung, Bhatara Mahajaya.

An eleven-tiered meru towers is usually dedicated to the highest gods of the Hindu pantheon. The eleven-tiered meru of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is dedicated to Shiva and his consort Parvati.

As maybe you know, I love the temples of all kind. I have dreamt for years to see the Balinese temples with meru towers. The merus of Puru Ulun Danu Bratan are among the finest examples.

As to the present situation. I have found a very interesting simulation in the article in Washington Post.

The curves that we observe showing the coronavirus spread are typical exponential curves. At first, the growth is very slow. We think, oh, there are only a few cases, nothing to worry about. But suddenly it becomes dramatic. You can take the calculator and see it yourselves. Imagine that one person is sick and knowing nothing about it infects just two other persons. The next day these two persons infect each one two others, and so on. After ten days we have 2^10 = 1024, still not so much, but after the next ten days there are 2^20 = 1048576 new cases. And the next ten days, after a month, 1073741824.
Do not risk, stay home.

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