What does the expression “kalpa bheda” mean?
Kalpa Bheda means differences due to Kalpa or cycle.
Does that mean all puranic stories happen repeatedly from one kalpa to the next and that there may be variations in the narrative among different kalpas?
Not sure about all but most of the stories are repetitive and happen repeatedly from one kalpa to the ...
No the two are not the same and wikipedia is actually right on this point. According to this excerpt from the Vishnu Purana they are certainly different:
When the-three worlds are but one mighty ocean, Brahmá, who is one with Náráyańa, satiate with the demolition of the universe, sleeps upon his serpent-bed--contemplated, the lotus born, by the ascetic ...
Taking the units of time from this link, Let's try to calculate it.
Each Kalp has 14 Manwantara and 15 SandhiKal, and SandhiKal is only equal to a Satyug.
(The other answer here says there are 72 ChaturYug in one Manwantara, but as per this link let's keep it to 71, it could be actually 72, let me know if I am mistaken.)
We are in 7th Manwantara, it means ...
Yes, it's mentioned in scriptures:
Shiva Purana: RUDRASAMHITA: KUMARAKHANDA: Chapter 13. Birth of Ganesha
Due to the difference of Kalpas, the story of the
birth of GaneSa is told in different ways. According to one
account he is born of the great lord. His head looked at by
Sani was cut off and an elephant’s head was put ...
Saraswata Kalpa is as same as Sveta Varaha Kalpa only.
In the Mahabharata 12:350 (Shanti Parva), previous birth of Vyasa is narrated. After Brahma was created from the navel of Narayana, the goddess of intelligence (Buddhi) upon the orders of Narayana entered into Brahma, then Brahma finished the creation. Thereafter Vishnu decided to incarnate in the ...
IN an article by Swami B.V.Giri of Sri Narasingha Chaitanya Ashram titled The Supremacy of Srimad Bhagavatam over the Vedas he states "After Srila Vyasadeva divided the Vedas into four books (Rg, Yajur, Sama and Atharva), his disciples further divided them into 1,130 divisions. This is stated in the Kurma Purana (52.19-20):
eka-vimsati-bhedena rg-vedam ...
The contradiction can be resolved when we understand that another name for Varaha kalpa is Padma Kalpa. A kalpa is called Padma when there is a manifestation of the universe from lotus. Apparently, there was a complete recreation of the universe at the beginning of this kalpa. Sri Viswanath Chakarvarti Thakur gives the explanation in his commentary on SB 3....
Due to cyclic nature, it's nearly impossible to calculate number of all the Kalpas of all Brahmas of all time. However, this can be be calculated for current Brahma.
Brahma's one day is equal to 1 Kalpa. Brahma's night also equal to 1 Kalpa but there would be no creation during that time.
The current Brahma has completed 50 years or one Pardha at the end ...
Our current Kalpa, Svetavaraha Kalpa, is Sattvika. According to Chapter 53 of the Matsya Purana, the events of Svetavaraha Kalpa are described in the Vishnu Purana:
Similarly, the rules of virtue laid down by
Parashara, for the period when there was the Varaha incarnation of Vishnu, in the beginning of Varaha Kalpa, form the Vishnu Purana.
The same ...
According to Padma Purana too, Padma Kalpa and Varaha Kalpa both are not same.
Padma Purana, Srishti Khanda, Chapter 3 - Kinds of creation:
At the end of the night which is of the same measure (as the day)he
again brings about the creation. Such is the year of Brahma and
likewise are his hundred years. Long is the life-span of that great
one, viz. ...
The above answer is partially correct because Sveta Varaha kalpa can also be called Padma kalpa. A kalpa is called Padma when there is a manifestation of the universe from lotus. Sri Viswanath Chakarvarti Thakur writes on SB 3.11.37
"This verse describes the first day in the fifty-first year of Brahma, in the second
half of his life. ...