The one of the early mentions of Yuga theory of Satya, Treta, Dwapara and Kali occurs in Manu Smriti.

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There the Yuga is acutally only 12000 years with

  1. Kali Yuga - 1200 years
  2. Dwapara Yuga - 2400 years
  3. Treta Yuga - 3600 years
  4. Satya Yuga - 4800 years

And two such Yugas make one Maha Yuga of 24000 years which is roughly the period for the precession of equinoxes to make one complete cycle 25772 years.

So there's a good synchronicity in considering that one year in the yuga scheme is actually one human year. And taking one year in the yuga model as one Divya year, which ends up giving crazy big numbers which we know should be false from modern science. Hinduism is always aligned with Anumana or Modern science, it cannot invalidate it as it is one of the valid pramana.

The evolutionary process led to modern humans. Humans and their ancestors have been walking the planet for about 6 million years. Homo sapiens, who are the modern form of humans evolved 300,000 years ago from Homo erectus - Source

But if we take one year in Manusmriti Yuga scheme as one Daiva year, then

Kali Yuga - 432,000 years,
Dwapa Yuga - 864,000 years,
Treta Yuga - 1,296,000 years,
Sathya Yuga - 1,728,000 years

This means that Lord Rama and all other Rishis lived when Human beings were not even present on Earth according to Modern Science, also it simply doesn't agree with any evidence of history we have. Even the most hard core Hindus believe Lord Rama built the bridge like 7000 or so years ago and not 1,296,000 years ago.

It seems that it was a later interpolation done in calculation by some Pundits. And this is what is argued by Swami Yukteshwara Giri in his famous work the The Holy Science.

But despite this argument, today majority or Hindus and Orthodox Hindu institutions still stick to the old calculations.

So where has it said in the authentic scriptures, that a year in the Yuga schematic of Manu is actually a Daiva year? And if no authentic scripture has mentioned why is it still being followed widely in Hinduism.

  • @Archit This question or the answers is not necessarily about the confusion of one normal human year with Daiva year. Its more about the scheme of Yugas, so its technically a different question. This question maonly focuses on the confusion of regular human year with divine year.
    – user22253
    Sep 13, 2021 at 7:42
  • @MrGreenGold Did you delete your recent question on Gita13.22-23?
    – user23407
    Sep 16, 2021 at 14:26
  • @zero yes, I found that all my questions were actually answered in Shankara Bhashya itself in the link Swami Vishwananda gave. So the question was repetitive and I deleted it.
    – user22253
    Sep 16, 2021 at 14:47
  • According to this, a divine age is 12,000 times a fourfold cycle (Chatur Yuga), thus a day of Brahma is 12 million Chatur Yugas long. By the Daiva years for ages for yugas, a Kalpa is 5.184x10^13 years long. wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/… Nov 1, 2021 at 20:47
  • @AupakaranaAbhibhaa yes those other calculations in wisdom lib org is wrong as they consider one human year with one deva year. It's a mistake so many people have done.
    – user22253
    Nov 2, 2021 at 4:45

1 Answer 1


The years are daiva (divine) years.

Mortal's one years is equal to 1 day and night of Devas.

  • 1 divine year = 360 human years
  • 1 Chauturyuga = 12000 divine years
  • 1 Manwantara = 71 Chauturyugas = 71 * 12000 = 852000 divine years = 852000 * 360 = 306720000 human years

Vishnu Purana: Book I: Chapter III mentions the Manwantara time in divine years as well as in human years which:

Thirty Muhúrttas constitute a day and night of mortals: thirty such days make a month, divided into two half-months: six months form an Ayana (the period of the sun's progress north or south of the ecliptic): and two Ayanas compose a year. The southern Ayana is a night, and the northern a day of the gods. Twelve thousand divine years, each composed of (three hundred and sixty) such days, constitute the period of the four Yugas, or ages. They are thus distributed: the Krita age has four thousand divine years; the Tretá three thousand; the Dwápara two thousand; and the Kali age one thousand: so those acquainted with antiquity have declared. The period that precedes a Yuga is called a Sandhyá, and it is of as many hundred years as there are thousands in the Yuga: and the period that follows a Yuga, termed the Sandhyánsa, is of similar duration. The interval between the Sandhyá and the Sandhyánsa is the Yuga, denominated Krita, Tretá, &c. The Krita, Tretá, Dwápara, and Kali, constitute a great age, or aggregate of four ages: a thousand such aggregates are a day of Brahmá, and fourteen Menus reign within that term. Hear the division of time which they measure.

Seven Rishis, certain (secondary) divinities, Indra, Manu, and the kings his sons, are created and perish at one period; and the interval, called a Manwantara, is equal to seventy-one times the number of years contained in the four Yugas, with some additional years: this is the duration of the Manu, the (attendant) divinities, and the rest, which is equal to 852000 divine years, or to 306720000 years of mortals, independent of the additional period. Fourteen times this period constitutes a Bráhma day, that is, a day of Brahmá; the term (Bráhma) being the derivative form.

Below are the Sanskrit verse and Hindi translation from Gitapress:

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    Please give the actual Sanskrit verses and verse numbers. Translations simply cannot be trusted.
    – user22253
    Sep 13, 2021 at 7:15
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    added actual Sanskrit verses and verse numbers.. @MrGreenGold
    – YDS
    Sep 13, 2021 at 7:27
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    Excellent and to the point answer, greatly appreciate it.
    – user22253
    Sep 13, 2021 at 7:46

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