I want to know what are the meanings of yugas' names.

Why are they called satya , treta , dwapara and kali ? Are there any reasons for such names of the yugas ?

What do our scriptures say about the names of yugas ?

And also I want to know that if the yuga's name is satya yuga then why the asura and rakhshsa like (Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha) existed in satya yuga ,so why its call satya yuga ?

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    It's based on the names of Vedic dice rolls, as I discuss here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/7545/36 In any case, the Yugas have to do whether humans are good or evil, it doesn't preclude the existence of other evil beings. Aug 7, 2015 at 14:02
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    Nice @keshav got it.
    – Bhavin
    Aug 7, 2015 at 16:29
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    1) A word is a "sabda" to denote something. 2) Satya = whole truth, truth is on four legs Treta = tre = three, truth is in three legs Dwapara = Dwa = Second, truth is on two legs Kali = Truth is on single leg 3) As the wheel of time changes, the yuga cycle also changes.
    – Annonymous
    Aug 8, 2015 at 17:54
  • @KeshavSrinivasan I think you should post an answer.
    – Pandya
    Feb 18, 2017 at 16:53

1 Answer 1

  • Sathya means truth. During that age, truth and perfection prevails. So it is called as Sathya Yuga.
  • Treta means collection of three things. As three Avatars happened in Treta Yuga, it is called so.
  • Dwapara means two pair, two ahead or after two, which symbolize two yugas already gone and two is there.
  • Kali - In Kali Yuga represents Kali Purusha, as he is a demon who is the reason for degraded people and religious practices.
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    This is a good answer. Also, I read in a Pancha-Anga that in Satya 4/4 parts is truth, in Treta 3(tri)/4 parts is truth, in Dwaapara 2(Dwa)/4 parts is truth, and in Kali 1 out of 4 parts is truth.
    – user9392
    Sep 14, 2017 at 13:39
  • Thanks for the answer. What are the three avatars in Treta yuga ? Nov 25, 2019 at 10:47

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