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Nanda Devi

Nanda Devi (nŭnˈdə dāˈvē) [key], peak, 25,645 ft (7,817 m) high, Uttarakhand state, N India, in the Himalayas. Except for some peaks in Kashmir, it is the highest point in India. Hindus believe that the goddess Nanda, wife of Shiva, lives there. Nanda Kot, at an elevation of 22,538 ft (6,870 m), is said to be Nanda's "couch." The peak was scaled in 1936 by an Anglo-American expedition.

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