A text says that a king named Kakudmi time-traveled in a two-way trip (Earth ⇒ Brahmaloka and Brahmaloka ⇒ Earth). It also says that there is difference in frequency of times at different planes in the universe.

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

  2. Is there any character in our scripture that time-traveled but without physically traveling in space?

  • Sigh. He did not time travel. This is called TIME DILATION. – Wikash_ Jun 1 at 10:11

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
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    @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
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    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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    @Mr.K Even science believes that time travel is possible. We can travel in future if we move with speed of light. Besides apart from it an incident mentioned in Shiva purana where Sati did time travel and went to future to take priksha of Rama. At time of Sati, Rama wasn't exist but Sati went in future and after taking priksha she came back in her time. Science is no where near the info provided by our scriptures. It was our saints who discovered planets, starts even thousands of years before your scientist discover. We are founder of space science. This is just an example. I have many more. – Rishabh Oct 24 '17 at 9:00

Yes. We could cite two episodes of time travel from the Indian scripture:

(i) First citation:

1) The Ramacharitamanas by Sril Tulsi Pundit.

2) The divine crow, Kakabhusundi.

Lord Ram showed the divine crow, inside of His eternal (sat-chit-anand) body, where the divine crow saw other universes, he saw his own forms also travelling there, inside the belly of child Rama.

Ref: Ramacharitamanas, "uttar-kand", concluding part (kaka-bhusundi and garud samvad) by Tulsidas Gosvami Pandit, Gita Press (English version).

(ii) Second citation:

1) The Bhagvatam by Sril Veda Vyas.

2) Saint Bhrigu; Krishna and Arjuna.

Bhrigu maharaj visited domains of lord Brahma, lord Vishnu and lord Shiva. Arjuna travelled time with Krishna to the causal kaaran Mahavishnu's domain which divides material worlds from the eternal worlds.

Ref: Srimad Bhagvatam; tenth scand/canto, chapter#89, part# 1st and 2nd respectively.

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    Hello. Can you elaborate your answer a bit and give some explanation about Kakabhushundi and Ramcharitmanas? How they have travelled and how the time travel is explained? One liners are not encouraged on the site. Please edit to add more information. – Sarvabhouma May 31 at 15:55
  • Go thru "uttar kand" of the RamacharitaManas by Tulsidas Gosvami Pandit, Gita Press (English version). – user30612 Jun 2 at 4:23
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    What is the time travel part then? – Wikash_ Jun 2 at 6:17

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