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A text says that a king named kakumdi traveled in time in a two-way trip (Earth -> brahma loka and Brahma loka -> Earth). It says that there is difference in frequency of times at different planes in the universe.

  1. Is there any other text that says about time travel (like what kakumdi did)?

  2. Is there saying or any character in any texts to travel in time with out travelling in space?

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In Bhagavta Purana and some other puranas there is mention of a king named Muchukunda who also experienced a similar effect. He went to join battle for the gods as their commander but by the time he was free to return, all his family and relatives were extinct being swept away by this effect of relative time (SB - 10.51.18).

This answer is based on the verse from Bhagavata as it describes the story a bit more than the other puranas. But anyone who is interested can find the story mentioned at least in the following puranas: Vishnu Purana, Brahma Purana, Skanda Purana, Harivamsha and Padma Purana. This incident may also be present in Mahabharata, but I don't know the chapter number.

Now those who rightly say that the above referenced verse doesn't explicitly state less time had passed for Muchukunda should put some thoughts and analyze the meaning again. Everything is not present in direct words always that everything would be easily understood. Otherwise there would be no explanations, commentaries, bhasyas, etc. by saints and scholars. And there would be no arguments, debates and different sects and creeds.

Anyway, in this verse it should be noted that, not only his family, but relatives, citizens, contemporaries, all are gone in course of time. Had Muchukunda been under the same effect of time, he would have been dead also. But because he was in devaloka the course of time for him was slower and different. If only his family were extinct then someone could have said Muchukunda was probably having a longer life length. But because all the citizens of his Kingdom, his relatives and contemporaries were dead it can be understood that time was running faster on earth compared to where Muchukunda was.

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Could you tell me what other Puranas mention this story? Because unlike the Wikipedia article, the Srimad Bhagavatam just says that Muchukunda's family was swept away by time, it doesn't explicitly that less time had passed for Muchukunda. – Keshav Srinivasan Aug 21 '14 at 3:02
I remember watching this story in Ramanand Sagar's Sri Krishna. – Vineet Menon Aug 22 '14 at 7:46

First of all that wasn't Time travel, you are talking of a phenomenon known as 'Time Dilation Phenomenon', in the same story it is also written that when he returned to earth, he found his further generations living (not sure but I think it was fourth generation).

The Time dilation phenomenon was given by Albert Einstein which is the part of his "Theory of Relativity".

This link will make it more understandable.

The story might look he traveled to future, but no, in brahma lok the time dilated, meaning his 1 sec might be equal to hours on earth.

Secondly, there are no stories related to time travel, because time travel is actually not possible, you can only give optimistic results of future dependent on the Karmas, Planets and other things.

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First of all, you shouldn't engage in scientific speculation in this site. Second of all, this wouldn't be a case of time dilation as described in special relativity, because that occurs when you're traveling at speeds close to the speed of light. But in this story, the phenomenon has nothing to do with high-speed travel, it just has to do with time in one place passing at a different rate than time in another place. – Keshav Srinivasan Aug 20 '14 at 12:40
And you're wrong that time travel is impossible. Relativity can be used for time travel. – Keshav Srinivasan Aug 20 '14 at 12:41
@KeshavSrinivasan, my friend I had 6 months studing the same subject, secondly have you heard that people living in highest building of skyscrapper live microseconds more than living on ground, reference to 'Time Dilation'. Thirdly its not written in any book that he didn't traveled above speed of light, rather in our books there are higher speeds listed, like mind,hansa and paramhansa which are higher than speed of light. Lastly, to your first line, hinduism is science, its every aspect is scientific, and there are proofs. – Mr. K Aug 20 '14 at 12:49
Go more deaper to time travel subjects, you will find concept like 'Mass Eco', which defy most basic laws of science, like , 'Enery Concervation', it might look fantasy for most, but strictly Most scientist have starting saying that, it is not possible. – Mr. K Aug 20 '14 at 12:54
And Hinduism might have all sorts of connections to science, but the community has decided that it's not appropriate to discuss science in this site, because it leads to too much speculation. – Keshav Srinivasan Aug 20 '14 at 13:01

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