According to the Indraloka Gamana Parva, Vana Parva, Mahabharata, when Arjuna goes to Svarga during his 13 years exile before the war, he lived there for five years. Now if we take this calculation in earthly terms, 1 year of the devas is 360 years for us. So five years would be 5x360=1800 years on earth! Yet Arjuna was gone only for five earth years, which would mean five days on Svarga.

There is an alternate possibility of Arjuna having visited the city of Indra on the Meru Mountain, which is on earth. But this is not described in the Mahabharata. So how is this time difference reconciled?

  • Where is Mount Meru? – user3547 Nov 28 '15 at 0:03
  • It is supposedly in the centre of the earth. Presumably North Pole. But others say near Himalayas. – Surya Nov 28 '15 at 9:28
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    The Vana Parva says "And those brilliant regions that are seen from the earth in the form of stars, like lamps (in the sky)--so small in consequence of their distance, though very large--were beheld by the son of Pandu, stationed in their respective places, full of beauty and effulgence and blazing with splendour all their own." sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03042.htm So clearly this wasn't a city on Mount Meru. – Keshav Srinivasan Dec 5 '15 at 16:21
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    The answer to your question is in your question itself! He lived there for 5 years according to Mahabharata. What else do you want to know? – Chinmay Sarupria Feb 24 '16 at 13:33
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    To answer your original question. Yes you are correct this is obviously a mistake written in the scriptures. We see this a lot in mythology: things do not add up often. – Wikash_ Sep 29 at 6:33

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