The universe is split up into many island-universes, as described in the Yoga Vashishtha 6.2.60

I saw countless creations though they did not know of one another’s existence. Some were coming into being, others were perishing, all of them had different shielding atmospheres (from five to thirty-six atmospheres). There were different elements in each, they were inhabited by different types of beings in different stages of evolution.. [In] some there was apparent natural order in others there was utter disorder, in some there was no light and hence no time-sense.

I imagine this is talking about various planets in different stages of evolution.

Are there similar accounts in other Hindu scriptures?

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    There are also other verses in Yoga Vasista which talk about Multiverse and other Planets.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented May 22, 2016 at 1:50

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There is a Shloka in Shreemad Bhagvat Purana mentationing the concept of Multiverse OR Parallel Universes.

पुरुषोऽण्डं विनिर्भिद्य यदासौ स विनिर्गतः ।
आत्मनोऽयनमन्विच्छन्नपोऽस्राक्षीच्छुचिः शुचीः ॥10॥

puruṣo ’ṇḍaṁ vinirbhidya  yadāsau sa vinirgataḥ
ātmano ’yanam anvicchann  apo ’srākṣīc chuciḥ śucīḥ

After separating the different universes, the gigantic universal form of the Lord [Mahā-Viṣṇu], which came out of the Causal Ocean, the place of appearance for the first puruṣa-avatāra, entered into each of the separate universes, desiring to lie on the created transcendental water [Garbhodaka].SB 2.10.10

Similarly there is another shloka in Bhagvtama – Skanda 6 –Chapter 16 –shloka 37

क्षित्यादिभिरेष किलावृतः सप्तभिर्दशगुणोत्तरैरण्डकोशः ।
यत्र पतत्यणुकल्पः सहाण्डकोटिकोटिभिस्तदनन्तः ॥37॥>br>

kṣity-ādibhir eṣa kilāvṛtaḥ saptabhir daśa-guṇottarair aṇḍa-kośaḥ
yatra pataty aṇu-kalpaḥ sahāṇḍa-koṭi-koṭibhis tad anantaḥ

Every universe is covered by seven layers — earth, water, fire, air, sky, the total energy and false ego — each ten times greater than the previous one. There are innumerable universes besides this one, and although they are unlimitedly large, they move about like atoms in You. Therefore You are called unlimited [ananta].SB 6.16.37


Yes they do exist. One example is in Devi Bhagavatam, Tritiya Skandha which describes the story of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva visiting Sridevi. On the way, they watch many Vishnus, Indras, Brahmas and Sivas and many other Brahmandas. That is why Lalita Sahasranama calls her Aneka Koti Brahmanda Janani Divya Vigraha.

The other example is in Skanda MahaPurana Kedara Khanda Chapter 10 Sloka 43 says

dadarśa pretatulyāni liṃgaśaktyātmikāni caḥ brahmāṇḍagoḻakānyeva koṭiśaḥ paramāṇuvat ।

brahmāṇḍagoḻakānyeva koṭiśaḥ paramāṇuvat meaning crores of atom sized Brahmandas

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    Your answer is exactly same as my answer posted here.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Jun 26, 2016 at 4:46

Yes...we use this phrase-Ananta koti brahmanda nayaka=uncountable crores of universes's lord...there r uncountable numbers of universes & our universe size is the smallest size universe with brahma having 4 heads...there r universes with millions of heads brahma!all universes r bubbles formed from skin pores of Karanodakshayi Vishnu...& story of that bubble which forms an egg is same like chinese pangu story...that egg is silent for 1000 yrs & then it breaks & a man appears in it who is brahma & forms the universe then after 1st day(kalpa)universe get filled with water & there appears garbhodakshayi vishnu on who's navel lotus brahma resides till the end..so in day water level is 1/2 of universe egg & in pralaya it is full...same similarity u will find in all other famous religion's cosmology...:)

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    You should cite sources. Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 17:00
  • can u pls give me some time to find that link where i read this..it was like 3 yrs ago..i also written blog so for that i found that link where it was & yes it is right like scriptures will support it so not just imagination of some 1...pls give me some time...sorry!
    – Shivam Ner
    Commented Jun 19, 2016 at 17:43

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