Kali yuga started 5000 years back is a well known fact. My question is did it start immediately on the day Lord Krishna ended His avatar or some time after that? I read some where that after Lord Krishna, a period of Yuga Sandhi existed for some time and only after that did Kali Yuga start. Can some one clarify based on scriptural evidence?

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According to the mythological stories, the Kaliyuga did not start immediately after Krishna's death, but it started during the period of Parikshit's (Arjun's grandson) death.

From this wikipedia article on Pariskhit:

Once Parikshit went hunting in the forest. The demon Kali, the embodiment of Kali Yuga, appeared before him and asked permission to enter his kingdom, which the king denied. Upon insisting, Parikshit allowed him five places to reside: where there is gambling, alcohol consumption, prostitution, animal slaughter and gold. Kali smartly entered into Parikshit's golden crown and spoiled his thoughts. Parikshit entered the hut of a sage named Shamika as he was thirsty. He found the sage in deep meditation. He bowed to him several times but as there was no response he took a dead snake and threw it around the sage's neck. Later when the sage's son, Sringin, heard of this incident he cursed the king to die of snake bite on the 7th day.

However I cannot say that after how many years of Krishna's death, did Parikshit die.

Also one interesting fact which I have read from other sources: Duryodhana was embodiment of Kaliyuga. Due to his death, the Kaliyuga was at least delayed for 35 more years during which Yudhishtira was the king. This is analogical to to the modern time fact that, we have already crossed the time for the next ice age; but due to global warming, it's being delayed!

  • Pl provide the source links or mention the source about duryodhana's embodiment!
    – pbvamsi
    Commented Jun 12, 2015 at 10:11
  • @pbvamsi See my answer here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/7044/36 Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 17:12
  • @iammilind this does not answer my question. my question how long after Lord Krishna's return to Vaikuntha did Kali Yuga start ?
    – dasanudas
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 6:38
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    @dasanudas, "how many years" will be based on speculations. Some people say that Krishna lived for 125 years. Parikshit might have allowed Kaliyuga to enter within 100 years from there. With the rule of his son Janmejaya, the so called Kaliyuga would have started for sure. However again, Kaliyuga is just a conception of mind. There are some Scandinavian countries, where people are still happy, truthful and trustworthy.
    – iammilind
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 6:45
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    @iammilind I am not looking for speculative or subjective answers. I am looking for scriptural answers.
    – dasanudas
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 6:48

Krishna mentions in Mahabharat that the war time is not like krita, treta or Dwapara yuga but it is like kaliyuga. The below list the chapter from Udyoga parva.


Sanjaya said, 'Hearing these words of Karna, Kesava, that slayer of hostile heroes, spoke unto him these words smilingly, 'Do not the means of winning an empire recommend themselves to thee. O Karna? Wishest thou not to rule over the whole earth given by me to thee? The victory of the Pandavas, therefore, is very certain. There seems to be no doubt in this. The triumphal banner of Pandu's son, with the fierce ape on it, seems to be already set up. The divine artificer, Bhaumana, hath applied such celestial illusion (in its construction) that it standeth high, displayed like Indra's banner. Various celestial creatures of terrific shape, indicating victory, are seen on that standard. Extending for a yojana upwards and all around, that beautiful standard of Arjuna, resembling fire in radiance, is never, O Karna, when set up, obstructed by hills or trees. When thou wilt behold in battle Arjuna, on his car drawn by white steeds and driven by Krishna, applying Aindra, Agneya and Maruta weapons, and when thou wilt hear the twang of Gandiva piercing the welkin like the very thunder, then all signs of the Krita, the Treta, and the Dwapara ages will disappear (but, instead, Kali embodied will be present). When thou wilt behold in battle Kunti's son, invincible Yudhishthira, devoted to Yapa and Homa and resembling the very sun in brilliance, protecting his own mighty army and burning the army of his foes, then all signs of the Krita, the Treta, and the Dwapara ages will disappear. When thou wilt behold in battle the mighty Bhimasena dancing, after having quaffed the blood of Dussasana, like a fierce elephant with rent temples after having killed a mighty antagonist, then all signs of the Krita, the Treta, and the Dwapara ages will disappear. When thou wilt behold in battle Arjuna checking Drona and Santanu's son and Kripa and king Suyodhana, and Jayadratha of Sindhu's race, all rushing fiercely to the encounter, then all signs of the Krita, the Treta and the Dwapara ages will disappear. When thou wilt behold in battle the two mighty sons of Madri,--those heroic car-warriors, capable of breaking into pieces all hostile cars,--agitating, from the very moment when weapons will begin to clash, the army of Dhritarashtra's sons like a couple of infuriated elephants, then all signs of the Krita, the Treta and the Dwapara ages will disappear. Returning hence, O Karna, say unto Drona and Santanu's son and Kripa that the present month is a delightful one, and that food, drink, and fuel are abundant now. All plants and herbs are vigorous now, all trees full of fruits, and flies there are none. The roads are free from mire, and the waters are of agreeable taste. The weather is neither very hot nor very cold and is, therefore, highly pleasant. Seven days after, will be the day of the new moon. Let the battle commence then, for that day, it hath been said, is presided over by Indra. Say also unto all the kings that have come for battling that I will fully accomplish the desire cherished by them. Indeed, all the kings and princes that are obedient to the orders of Duryodhana, obtaining death by weapons, will attain to an excellent state.'"

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    Where in Mahabharata? Can you please add exact citation? Here is Mahabharata English translation sacred-texts.com/hin/maha/index.htm Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 18:44
  • There is a text version is the same site. Please search the text files for yuga and you will find numerous talks by Hanuman, Sanjaya, Krishna, Bheeshma on what is a yuga.
    – Rama27
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 3:17
  • Well you are the author of the answer. That's your job to find it and complete the answer. Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 5:55
  • diffiicult to fit everything inside a comment. maha12.txt should get you all the info you need.
    – Rama27
    Commented Oct 12, 2017 at 4:31
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    I read the document long time back. Sinister's prodding has helped to find answers to many of my own question by re searching the document. I will post a detailed answer when I am done with my search. Thanks Sinister.
    – Rama27
    Commented Oct 12, 2017 at 5:32

Kaliyuga started 30 years before Krishna disappeared from earth Krishna lived for 106 years, That is why hindus celebrate Krishna most because it's the nearest incarnation of Vishnu in Kaliyuga even though Buddha avatar happened in Kaliyuga Buddha avatar is moha avatar.

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