Mount Jerai

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Mount Jerai (Malay: Gunung Jerai), formerly Kedah Peak, is a mountain in Kedah, Malaysia with the height of 3,854 feet (1,175 m). Within Kedah itself, the mountain stands at the border of Kuala Muda and Yan districts. The mountain is a massive limestone outcrop and is a lone feature from the surrounding geography of the area. There is an information board on top of the mountain stating that it used to be an island called Pulai Serai before the sea levels receded letting it form a mountain. This is probably supported by I Ching's record of Pu Lou Shi (Pulau Sri), a country located west of Sribogha.[1]

Mount Jerai
Penang south Kedah heightmap ASTGTM2 N05E100 dem.png
Mount Jerai is the isolated greenish triangle at the upper middle of this heightmap
Highest point
Elevation1,217 m (3,993 ft)
ListingRibu
Geography
LocationKedah, Malaysia
Parent rangeTitiwangsa Mountains
Climbing
First ascentHindu settlers about 800 AD
Mount Jerai from the Ferry between Penang and Langkawi

The height of Mount Jerai relative to its surroundings allowed Indian traders and seafarers to use the mountain as a navigational point more than 1500 years ago. The mountain was considered sacred by the ancient Hindus so they built temples from the foothills up to the summit. Hindu-Buddhist priests would pray at these stupas for the safety of Bujang Valley, the richest archaeological site in Malaysia located on the southern reaches of the mountain.

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  1. ^ "A Record of the Buddhist Religion as Practiced in India and the Malay ... - I-Tsing - Google Books". Books.google.com.my. Retrieved 2016-04-15.

Coordinates: 5°47′N 100°26′E / 5.783°N 100.433°E / 5.783; 100.433