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Background:

The four Yugas (Satya, Treta, Dwapara, and Kali) together make up one Mahayuga. 1000 Mahayugas make up one Kalpa, which is one day in the life of Brahma. After the Kalpa is over Brahma goes to sleep, and there's a Pralaya which destroys the three worlds, at the end of which Brahma wakes up and creates the world anew. But as I discuss in this answer, in addition to being divided into 1000 Mahayugas, a Kalpa is also divided into 14 periods known as Manvantaras, in which a figure known as a Manu rules over humanity. Since there are 14 Manus who rule in a given Kalpa, each Manu rules for about 71 Mahayugas.

Now unless Hinduism Stackexchange manages to survive past the Kali Yuga (!), we are all currently living in the 28th Kali Yuga of the Vaivasvata Manvantara. There are plenty of scriptures that talk about past, present, and future Manvantaras. And there are scriptures that talk about the first 28 Mahayugas of the Vaivasvata Manvantara. For instance, as I discuss in this answer the Vishnu Purana lists the Vedavyasas or compilers of the Vedas in the first 28 Dwapara Yugas of the Vaivasvata Manvantara. And the Shiva Purana discusses the various Yogeshwara incarnations Shiva has taken in the first 28 Mahayugas of the Vaivasvata Manvantaras, including Lakulisha whom I discuss here. And there are various references in the Puranas to incarnations of Vishnu in the first 28 Mahayugas, as I discuss here.

But my question is, what do we know about the future Mahayugas of the present Vaivasvata Manvantara?

I only know about two things that will happen in the 29th Mahayuga (i.e. the next Mahayuga):

  1. In the 29th Satya Yuga, Shantanu's brother Devāpi and Rama's descendant Maru will re-establish the lunar and solar dynasties, as described in this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam:

    After the one thousand celestial years of Kali-yuga, the Satya-yuga will manifest again. At that time the minds of all men will become self-effulgent.... Devāpi, the brother of Mahārāja Śāntanu, and Maru, the descendant of Ikṣvāku, both possess great mystic strength and are living even now in the village of Kalāpa. At the end of the Age of Kali, these two kings, having received instruction directly from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vāsudeva, will return to human society and reestablish the eternal religion of man, characterized by the divisions of varṇa and āśrama, just as it was before.

  2. As I discuss in my answer here, in the 29th Dwapara Yuga, Drona's son Ashwatthama will become the next Vedavyasa or compiler of the Vedas. This is described by Vyasa's father Parashara in this chapter of the Vishnu Purana:

    In the next Dwápara, Drauńi (the son of Drońa) will be the Vyása, when my son, the Muni Krishńa Dwaipáyana, who is the actual Vyása, shall cease to be (in that character).


  • But what else do we know about the 29th Mahayuga?

  • And are there any scriptures which mention events in later Mahayugas of the Vaivasvata Manvantara?

  • If not, how is it that we have information in Hindu scripture about events in all future Manvantaras of the present Kalpas, but absolutely no information about the 30th and subsequent Mahayugas of the present Manvantara?

  • I asked a similar question, about the previous Manvantaras here. Maybe you could go through it, and get some ideas (and if possible answer my query)? Because the best way to learn is from past experiences... – Surya Nov 13 '15 at 8:50
  • Forget future Mahayugas, We don't have much information about KALI DEMON(very less info is known about him)and why yugas have to be repeated and what happens to kali demon exactly at the end of KaliYuga. Most of the Vaishnava Puranas only highlights those avatars of Vishnu where he killed "Jaya and Vijaya" demons. Vyasa might intentionally hide information about future Mahayugas and Kali Demon. – The Destroyer Nov 13 '15 at 11:13
  • @AnilKumar First of all, I don't know for sure if what happens to the demon Kali is discussed or not, but either way that's a pretty minor topic; the important point is that the Yugas repeat, not which specific figure is the deity related to the Yuga. And the Puranas speak about way more incarnations than the four that fought incarnations of Jaya and Vijaya. We have plenty of information about incarnations that Vishnu has taken in the past Mahayugas of this Manvantara, and information about incarnations of Vishnu in future Manvantaras. So I don't see why Vyasa would conceal future Mahayugas. – Keshav Srinivasan Nov 13 '15 at 15:41
  • @KeshavSrinivasan Are there any references to Yugas in Vedas? Why didn't sages ask Vyasa " Why Yugas are repeating?", when they asked him some petty questions. – The Destroyer Nov 13 '15 at 17:01
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    @SwamiVishwananda First of all, there are mentions of Yugas in some Upanishads. Second of all, I don't think Hindu scripture is an imprecise term at all. The Purva Mimamsa Sutras lay out the categories of scripture very clearly. In any case, the Puranas give information on past Manvantaras of the present Kalpa, future Manvantaras of the present Kalpa, and past Mahayugas of the present Manvantara. So we may also have information on future Mahayugas of the present Manvantara. That's what my question is about. – Keshav Srinivasan Jul 24 '17 at 12:20
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I don't know a lot. However in addition to what you mentioned. Brahmanda Purana (which I am reading currently) 74 chapter says

"251-253. In the twenty-fourth Catur-Tuga (set of four Yugas) these will be the persons responsible for the function¬ ing of Ksatriya race. A son named Suvarcas will be born to Iksvaku in the twentyninth Yuga. He will be the founder in the race. Paula shall be the first person in the Aila dynasty of Devapi. These two will be the persons who set the Ksatriya race function in the set of four Yugas. The same principle regarding the perpetuation of the line should be understood everywhere. When the Kali Yuga lapses, they will be born in the Kfta Yuga. "

  • It is so exciting to know about 29th Mahayuga. Is there anything else you know about the 29th Mahayuga? – Random-15 Jun 1 at 18:33
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It is like the major yuga are like a wheel one after the other they come after every kal yug is a sat yuga where everyone is happy then little by little corruption starts stemming and then starts the cycle of the four yuga with the final ending with the start of another sat yug,as told in bhagwat gita the kali demon is basically the demon inside and not the one outside us , we have to gain victory over it.

This is because as lord Krishna tells in bhagwat gita "I(GOD) am persent in any and every being alive or dead and it is I who would end whats evil and I who would start whats good"

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    Welcome to Hinduism SE. Please cite some sources to support your answer – Pratik Bhat Mar 3 '18 at 17:28
  • Thank you , the basic source my answer comes from is bhagwat gita and unfortunately the shloka number is unknown to me but the person who taught me was very well reading it and teaching me – sam yo Mar 3 '18 at 18:35

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