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In Hinduism, there are several lokas, such as Satya (Brahma), Tapa, Jana, Mahar, Svar (Svarga), Bhuvar, Bhu, Atala, Vitala, Sutala, Talatala, Mahatala, Rasatala, and Patala. It is known that human beings can reach other lokas, especially superior ones (urdhva lokas), through their subtle bodies rather than their physical bodies. There are exceptions, like the case of Yudhishthira and a few others, who reached Swarga loka with their physical bodies, though this is not common. However, I have not come across any examples of humans reaching urdhva lokas beyond Swarga, i.e., Mahar, Jana, Tapa, or Satya, with their physical bodies in the scriptures.

Are there any instances in scriptures in which a human reaches other urdhva lokas, beyond swaraga, with their physical bodies?

Please note that I am specifically looking for instances in the scriptures that explicitly mention reaching other lokas with physical bodies. Instances where it is merely mentioned that someone traveled to Brahma loka or other realms without specifying the body of travel are not required.

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  • I think Kakudmi and his daughter reached Brahmaloka and returned and his daughter married with Balarama..
    – Tezz
    Commented Jul 26, 2023 at 0:41
  • @Tezz I checked it, but no where I know mentioning that it is by physical body. hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/40823/661
    – hanugm
    Commented Jul 26, 2023 at 1:04
  • They traveled via physical body. Thats why when they got back yugas had changed, and Revati was manifold taller than others in Dwapar Yuga Commented Jul 26, 2023 at 5:21
  • @Carmensandiego Not necessarily. They can take a new body of same form. It is evident from the story of Lila in Yoga Vasista.
    – hanugm
    Commented Jul 26, 2023 at 5:23
  • what do you mean by new body of same form ? you mean they got back in dwapar yuga and found bodies belonging to their yuga that they took over ? Commented Jul 26, 2023 at 5:25

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Yes! what to speak of Satya Lok, once Arjuna went to Vaikhunta to bring back the Brahman's sons.

checkout shreemad bhagwatam 10.89.46 - 10.89.61

Having thus advised Arjuna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead had Arjuna join Him on His divine chariot, and together they set off toward the west.

The Lord’s chariot passed over the seven islands of the middle universe, each with its ocean and its seven principal mountains. Then it crossed the Lokāloka boundary and entered the vast region of total darkness

In that darkness the chariot’s horses — Śaibya, Sugrīva, Meghapuṣpa and Balāhaka — lost their way. Seeing them in this condition, O best of the Bhāratas, Lord Kṛṣṇa, the supreme master of all masters of yoga, sent His Sudarśana disc before the chariot. That disc shone like thousands of suns.

The Lord’s Sudarśana disc penetrated the darkness with its blazing effulgence. Racing forward with the speed of the mind, it cut through the fearsome, dense oblivion expanded from primeval matter, as an arrow shot from Lord Rāma’s bow cuts through His enemy’s army

Following the Sudarśana disc, the chariot went beyond the darkness and reached the endless spiritual light of the all pervasive brahmajyoti. As Arjuna beheld this glaring effulgence, his eyes hurt, and so he shut them.

From that region they entered a body of water resplendent with huge waves being churned by a mighty wind. Within that ocean Arjuna saw an amazing palace more radiant than anything he had ever seen before. Its beauty was enhanced by thousands of ornamental pillars bedecked with brilliant gems.

In that palace was the huge, awe-inspiring serpent Ananta Śeṣa. He shone brilliantly with the radiance emanating from the gems on His thousands of hoods and reflecting from twice as many fearsome eyes. He resembled white Mount Kailāsa, and His necks and tongues were dark blue.

Arjuna then saw the omnipresent and omnipotent Supreme Personality of Godhead, Mahā-Viṣṇu, sitting at ease on the serpent bed. His bluish complexion was the color of a dense rain cloud, He wore a beautiful yellow garment, His face looked charming, His broad eyes were most attractive, and He had eight long, handsome arms. His profuse locks of hair were bathed on all sides in the brilliance reflected from the clusters of precious jewels decorating His crown and earrings. He wore the Kaustubha gem, the mark of Śrīvatsa and a garland of forest flowers. Serving that topmost of all Lords were His personal attendants, headed by Sunanda and Nanda; His cakra and other weapons in their personified forms; His consort potencies Puṣṭi, Śrī, Kīrti and Ajā; and all His various mystic powers.

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  • Thanks for the answer. But where it is mentioned that they did it with their physical bodies only?
    – hanugm
    Commented Jul 27, 2023 at 7:42
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The Brhad Bhagvatamrta written by Sanatana Goswamipada describes the journey of Gopa Kumara across the different planetary systems such as Svarga, Maharloka, Brahmaloka, and so on, desiring to have darshan of his worshipable deity i.e., Shri Madana-gopala.

By the power of chanting the Mantra received from his Guru, Gopa Kumara's body transforms into an unearthly body suitable for proceeding towards the upper planets.

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Sanatana Goswamipada further clarifies in his tika / commentary that Gopa Kumara did not leave his existing human body to progress towards liberation.

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A few verses prior, it can be seen that Gopa Kumara's Guru had a similar unearthly or spiritual body because of which he could disappear from his shishya's sight.

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In short, travelling to the urdhva lokas in a gross material body is not possible. After attaining success in one's Sadhana like in the example of Gopa Kumara, the existing human body transcends the material coverings of the soul and becomes eligible to travel to the choice of destination.

Source: https://www.purebhakti.com/resources/ebooks-magazines/bhakti-books/english/9-brhad-bhagavatamrta-canto-2-volume-1/file

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