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I have seen topics which mention time dilation in Hinduism but I am specifically looking for travelling back in time.

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    kala chakra eka dik - time only revolves forward. no such thing as time travel. time-vision, yes, we can see past and future. changing present to affect future, yes. changing past, nope. changing future, nope.
    – ram
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 5:23
  • @ram do you have a scriptual reference for this?
    – Wikash_
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 9:51
  • @ram "no such thing as time travel" Actually there is, Mata Sati did time travel and went in future to take test (priksha) of Shree Raama.
    – Vishvam
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 11:41
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    In Yoga Vasista there's a story of King Padma and leela and his wife Leela travelled back in time with help of Goddess Saraswati.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 4:58
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    @TheDestroyer, it seems that the story you are referring is about "seeing past birth" and not about "physically travelling to the past". Many Yogi-s have admitted about witnessing their past birth. But they just remembered those past birth events, like how we remember some of our present birth events. BTW, it also appears to be a story and should be taken as it is in this context.
    – iammilind
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 6:28

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No, there cannot be such reference in reliable scripture/sources of backward time travel.

Because, it's not possible to change past even in theory. Refer Grandfather paradox, which is a rational source to understand "why backward time travelling is not possible".


Clarification: As per the wordings of the question, it infers about asking "physical body's time travelling in past". My answer reiterates that the reliable scriptural sources usually may not have references to impossible things (e.g. 1 + 1 = 3)

Now, there is a certain yogic knowledge of memorizing events of earlier [or upcoming] births as well. Many people call such special kind of "remembering" as "subtle body travelling in past". Such yogic ability has been reportedly gained by many people throughout the world in ancient & modern times.

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    How can you say time travel is not possible? It's possible if it follows Novikov self-consistency principle. Moreover, there is story in Yoga Vasista which mentions time travel.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 5:01
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    "there is no such references in any scripture" - Have you studied all the scriptures?..IMHO, we even don't know all scripture names as they might not be popular..and proving yes is easy but it's nearly impossible to prove something negative from scriptures...
    – YDS
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 15:52
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    "No, there is no such reference... because, It's not possible to change past even in theory." - Hindu scripture contains some stuff which is physically impossible like levitation, Shankaracharya's soul entering a dead king's body, etc. So I think the answers should be limited to simple 'yes, present in so & so scriptures' or 'no, went thru 200+ scriptures and haven't found a single reference'. Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 14:48
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    @TheDestroyer, that fancy-scientific-principle is just a way of saying you cannot 'change' the past. it is very obvious, even scientifically, that looking back into the past, or looking into the future are possible. just cannot change either of them, hence, no concept of 'travel'
    – ram
    Commented Jun 25, 2018 at 3:46
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    @ ram Levitation should also be scientifically impossible yet the Shiva Samhita speaks of it.
    – Wikash_
    Commented Jun 26, 2018 at 21:48

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