Questions tagged [lokas]

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 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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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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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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What is the duty of Indra? What is Indraloka?

What is the duty of Indra given by God & what is in Indraloka that all rakhshasas and asuras want to win Indraloka? Do they get any power if they win Indraloka or is there anything like whoever ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Gayatri mantra and three Lokas (planes)

Gayatri mantra starts with "Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ". It praises god Savitr (Sun God) for illuminating worlds Bhu (Earth), Bhuva, Svah (Svarga). We all know that , there are seven lokas above earth as ...
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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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Contradictory statements in the Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-Gita?

Here in the Bhagavatam it is quoted that In that planet of Satyaloka, there is neither bereavement, nor old age nor death.http://www.vedabase.com/sb/2/2/27/ But here in the Bhagavad-Gita, it is ...
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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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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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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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Time spent in heavenly planets

We are under classic assumption that a soul with lot of good karma do spend long time in heaven. It will take long time for it to be reincarnated back on earth. We also know that pandava heroes are ...
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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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Does this Rigvedic Hymn hint at Goloka being the most Supreme Abode of Lord Vishnu?

I was reading a commentary on Goloka by Jiva Goswami and it led me to the Rig Veda Book 1, Hymn 154 which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and ends with an exhortation to reach his Supreme abode: 1 I ...
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What exactly happens at end of Kali Yuga. Will the world be destroyed?

I heard that at the end of the Kali Yuga, the world will be destroyed. What does this mean? Will the Earth be destroyed or will the entire Universe be destroyed? Can someone throw light on this?
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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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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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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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What exactly is a loka? Is it a place that be physically reached?

How to visualize the Hindu lokas, Satya-loka or Brahma-loka, Pātāla-loka etc.? What exactly are they? Are they like planets or galaxies made up of atoms and chemical elements? I am not asking why ...
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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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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 ...
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Distance between Bhur lok (Earth) and Indra lok?

Is there any explanation of distance between Bhur lok (earth) and Indra lok? For example, I have seen Arjuna visits Indra lok to meet his father (Indra) while he and his brothers are in exile. There ...
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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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Where does Manu currently live?

Manu is supposedly the progenitor of mankind. Even the English word "man" is derived from his name. There are 14 Manus in each day of Brahma. The current Manu is Vaivasvata, and he is currently ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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What is the Loka higher than Brahmaloka, where the Rathantara hymn is sung?

In the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, just like in the Shanti Parva, Bhishma gives advice to Yudishthira and concerning how to be a good king and how to be good person, while he is lying on a ...
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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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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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Does Ramanujacharya believe that inhabitants of Brahmaloka attain Moksha when they die?

As I discuss in the 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 ...
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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 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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Where is Brahmaloka nowadays? [duplicate]

I want to know that where is Lord Brahma's Brahmaloka nowadays? Was Brahmaloka destroyed or anywhere in this universe?
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Where does Narad muni live?

Every Devta and Devia has a specific place as home. We can see that only Narad muni keeps travelling across all the lokas everytime. Where is his home location? Or is there any reason that he has to ...
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Do any scriptures prohibit charitable giving in Devaloka?

As I discuss in this answer, the Kedara Kanda of the Skanda Purana describes Mahabali's previous birth as a gambler who was a sinner all his life. Before he dies, the gambler accidentally makes an ...