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loka, (Sanskrit: "world"; "realm"; "abode"; "dimension"; or "plane of existence") from loc, "to shine, be bright, visible." — the universe or any particular division of it. A dimension of manifest existence; cosmic region. Each loka reflects or involves a particular range of consciousness.

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What did Ramakrishna say about Lokas?

Vedic Hindu cosmology defines various different lokas(worlds) within countless universes where Atma takes birth as different creatures depending on previous Karma. I want to know about Ramakrishna's ...
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What is the fundamental difference between 'lok' and 'jagat'?

We generally refer Jagat to our physical universe. I think there is no ambiguity about it. Hence, Jagat is the same for all living beings living in the same physical universe with a physical body. But,...
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Are 'Subtle Realms' mentioned in the Vedic scriptures?

Is there any scriptural support for the existence of completely non-physical realms? If so, is there a Sanskrit term for it? Sukshma Loka?
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In which lokas are the Apsaras born and which other lokas do they go on to inhabit?

Which are the exact lokas inhabited by the Apsaras according to different sampradayas? Edit: Which lokas are the ones where Apsaras are born in the first place?
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How to travel to other lokas?

In the Hindu scriptures, there are many stories of people travelling to other lokas like the Patalas, Svarga, Naraka, Gandharva loka etc. and meeting various supernatural creatures. But the stories do ...
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How one can travel to Astral Realms like Indraloka or Vaikuntha etc. without being dead? Is there any method described in Shastras?? [duplicate]

The saint Tukaram is very famous in Maharashtra who had travelled to Vaikuntha with his human body. It is said that Lord Vishnu himself came to take him to His abode. Who else have travelled to Astral ...
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Did Ravaan kill Surpanakha's husband?

While scrolling through Surpanakha's page on Wikipedia, there it was written that Ravaan had eaten Surpanakha's husband (Vidyutjiva) Here is a part of the page --------- At the time of conquering ...
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Passage of time in Patala loka

It is known from Bhagavatha Purana that passage of time is different in different worlds. Examples are Brahma kidnapping cows and friends of Krishna as described here. Do our puranas also state that ...
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Shouldn't there be time dilation when Riksharaja took Vali and Sugriva to Brahma lok?

We know at least two incidents where individuals experienced time dilation as per our scriptures - 1) King Kakudmi traveling to Brahma lok with his daughter Princess Revati 2) King Muchukunda fighting ...
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Do gods like Brahma, Vishnu, Indra and Yama, in their Lokas, have bodies or are they just Atmans?

Life after death is found in Hinduism, the Atmans are taken by Yama then they are judged and go either to heaven (abode of Indra) or to hell (abode of Yama), however this residence is temporarily and ...
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What is the life span of the people who are living in lower planetary systems (from Atala to Patala lokas)?

It is mentioned in the puranas, that there are fourteen planetary systems. I would like to know, What is the life span of the people who are living in lower planetary systems (from Atala to Patala ...
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Is Karma done in swarga valid?

As per Hinduism we have 6 lokas above us Bhuloka (Earth): Bhuvar Loka Swarga Loka Mahar Loka Jana Loka Tapa Loka Satya Loka There is wide spread belief that those who reach Swarga Loka will return. ...
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What scriptures describe the layers of the Earth mentioned by Engalalwan?

This verse in Amsha 1 Adhyaya 4 of the Vishnu Purana describes the aftermath of Vishnu’s incarnation Varaha rescuing the Earth from the water: Uttishtatah tasya jalaardra kuksheh mahaa varaahasya ...
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Are lokas the same as multiple dimensions? [duplicate]

Are lokas the same as physical multiple dimensions where we can born next life there?
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How far is Brahmaloka from our Earth?

I mean where does Brahmaloka lie? Is there any scripture that tells it's exact location and time difference between different lokas?
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Where is Pitru Loka among the 14 lokas?

My dear son Nārada, know from me that there are seven lower planetary systems out of the total fourteen. The first planetary system, known as Atala, is situated on the waist; the second, Vitala, ...
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How do Advatins classify Vaikuntha and other lokas according to their philosophy?

Do advaitins believe in Vaikuntha and other lokas and see them as eternal?
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What are the activities of Lalita devi in Mani dvipa?

As far as I know, in Vaikuntha there is concept of kainkaryam (service), is there a similar concept in Mani dvipa? What are the activities of Lord Shiva and Devi there? Is it that the goal of ...
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Does goddess Lalita have her own loka?

I have heard about Vaikuntha for Vishnu etc.. Does devi Lalita and Lord Shiva have separate regions/lokas outside this mortal world? What is the name?
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What are references for Rama's abode in Vaikuntha region?

Ramanandi sect believes that Rama has a planet in Vaikuntha called Sakethloka. Are there any scriptural references for this loka?
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How do Devas from deva loka help us humans in bhuloka?

If Devas are in Deva loka and we humans live in bhuloka, then how they will help us? please explain.
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What are the "Three Worlds" referred to in the Bhagavad Gita 3.22?

What are the "three worlds" being referred to in this shloka of the Bhagavad Gita? न मे पार्थास्ति कर्तव्यं त्रिषु लोकेषु किञ्चन | नानवाप्तमवाप्तव्यं वर्त एव च कर्मणि || 3.22|| na me ...
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Goloka and Nirguna Braman

Beyond the multitude of Universes and Celestial Realms is Goloka the supreme abode of Krishna. is it located before Nirguna Brahman or after Nirguna Brahman ?
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The name of the Golden egg that is filled with Ananda

When the consciousness has so to speak - gone beyond, all together beyond the temporal realm of the phenomenal and gone beyond altogether beyond the realm of Nirguna Brahman and enters the realm of ...
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Which scripture mention about sexual relationships in heavenly lokas?

According to some quora answer- The phenomenon of urdhwa reta When one reaches to this state, Vital energy has enormous potential energy. It rises up like steam does and reaches his ajna chakra or ...
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Are patala and other "-tala" places different planets altogether?

The places such as atala, sutala, patala Are they different dimensions on earth? or are they different planets below earth?
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What are the differences between Vaikuntha loka and Goloka?

Differences between Vaikuntha loka and Goloka.
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What is the worshipping place of Hayagriva mentioned in Yuddha Kanda?

One of the famous incidents from the Ramayana is Hanuman bringing the herbal mountain containing Sanjivani herbs. His journey towards the Himalayas is described in the Yuddha Kanda Sarga 74. He sees ...
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What's difference between graha and loka?

As per hinduism there are nine graha (planets) and Earth is not included in this list. Here are following nine graha Surya (Sun) Chandra (Moon) Mangala (Mars) Budha (Mercury) Guru (Jupiter), the Guru ...
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Where are the Vyuha lokas located?

Vyuha refers to emanations of Lord Vishnu. There are 4 vyuha forms of Lord Vishnu: Vasudeva Sankarshana Aniruddha Pradyumna Now, I have heard that each of these Vyuha forms of Lord Vishnu have ...
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Is heaven a place of extreme happiness? If yes, how to solve the paradox of experiencing hell in heaven?

In Hinduism, is heaven (svarga) a place of extreme happiness? If yes, how to solve the paradox of experiencing hell (naraka) in heaven? This is better explained through the following an example. ...
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Question about the lokas [duplicate]

So can anybody tell me if the lokas can communicate with one another? Are they only separated by space and/or time or are living inside a high-dimensional world, each one entirely on its own? Thanks ...
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If Lord Krishna lives in Goloka Vrindavana where do the other avataras live?

Lord Vishnu lives in Vaikuntha while his poorna avatara Lord Krishna lives in Goloka Vrindavana. Do any of the other Vishnu avataras have their own lokas? If yes, please mention the names of these ...
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What happens to the devoted wife if her husband gets enlightenment?

According to Shāstras, if parents give their daughters to the guy whose ultimate aim is to attain Brahman, they attain Brahmāloka which is the second most difficult attainment after Moksha because it ...
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Where are the cities of the of the gods?

Chapter 124 from Matsya Purana describes the cities of Indra, Varuna, Yama and Chandra surrounding Mount Meru and the Lokaloka mountains where the four guardians of the directions stay. In other ...
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Do we take Birth with Physical Body in Hell/Heaven?

EXPLANATION : People living in Heaven have Childhood and also Marry and Fight with Humans,Vanaras,etc,.this clears that they have Physical Body. I didn't know whether we take Birth in Hell/Heaven as ...
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Is mukthi possible from world's other than bhuloka(ie. From swarga and naraka)

In bhuloka, it is possible to achieve mukthi by doing several Sadhana. When we go to naraka or swarga, our sukshma Sarira(subtle body) will be there only sthoola Sarira(Gross body) is dropped during ...
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What scriptures describe Lokas and who goes to them after death?

There are 7 higher Lokas and 7 lower Lokas. I want to know about what scriptures describe each Loka and how it is decided which person goes to which Loka after death.
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How did King Kakudmi reach Brahma Loka with his daughter Revathi?

I read that King Kakudmi with his daughter Revati reached Brahma Loka experiencing time-dilation. Can anyone tell me how they managed to travel?
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Where is the exact location of Patala-Loka?

Patala-Loka, as we know, is home to Asuras (Daityas) & Nagas. However, where is Patala-Loka actually located? Many say that Patala-Loka is situated under the Earth's crust while others say it is ...
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What is the difference between Indra loka, Deva loka and Vaikuntha?

I want to know the differences if any among the following Lokas: 1.Indra Loka 2.Deva loka 3.Vaikuntha
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Mythology geographic location of Indraloka.. Ravana and Mandodari nativity

I find it fascinating that the Indraloka been referred to in very many puranic episodes. I for one believe it is quite a terrestrial place, not so high up in the skies as picturized in so many old ...
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Interpreting Bhagavad Gita verse 8.16

I do know that according to Upanishads, All the higher Lokas except Brahma Loka, are subjected to circumgyration/reparation (birth-rebirth). From Chhandogya Upanishad 4.15.5: अथ यदु चैवास्मि...
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Do the gods incarnate as mythical creatures in other lokas?

Gods are often born on Earth (Bhulok). As you know these incarnations are known as avatars. A popularly known avatars is Shree Krishna. However as per my knowledge, avatars are born as humans (Manava) ...
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Beyond Satya loka ie. the end to separate existence?

If I am correctly informed, even in Satya loka one continues to exist as an independent being. Is somewhere described if and how is one able to leave individual existence behind and completely merge ...
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How many other sub-abodes in Vainkuntha Abode (Planet)?

I want to know the name of sub-abodes which are in the Vaikuntha planet , as I know some of them is Ayodhya (Rama abode) , Vrindavan (Krishna abode). But is there any other abodes which are reside in ...
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Want to know about Brahmaloka

While reading Mukhya Upanishads, I found there are many verses that say who does Upasana upon Brahman or Om, is led up or reach/attain to Brahmaloka. Example: (Verses from Sanskritdocuments and ...
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Why do the Vedas give multiple figures for the distance between Earth and Devaloka?

The distance from the Earth to various heavenly bodies is mainly a subject discussed in the Puranas. In this answer, I discuss how the distance from the Earth to Devaloka is given as 100,000 Yojanas ...
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Where do the Puranas say the Earth goes above Devaloka?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Where do the Vedas say the cows of the gods walk on their backs?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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