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The purāṇas describe the universe as comprising 14 worlds. They are:
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The [[purāṇas]] describe the universe as comprising 14 worlds. They are:
# 7 being above this bhuloka or earth  
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# 7 being above this [[bhuloka]] or earth  
 
# 6 being below this earth
 
# 6 being below this earth
  
These six are generally given the name Pātālalokas. However, Mahātala is the fourth nether world starting with Atala just below this earth. It is supposed to be inhabited by multi-headed serpents all descendants of the sage Kaśyapa and his wife Kadru. Some of the chief ones among them are:
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These six are generally given the name Pātālalokas. However, Mahātala is the fourth nether world starting with [[Atala]] just below this earth. It is supposed to be inhabited by multi-headed serpents all descendants of the sage [[Kaśyapa]] and his wife [[Kadru]]. Some of the chief ones among them are:
 
# Kahaka
 
# Kahaka
# Takṣaka
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# [[Takṣaka]]
 
# Suṣeṇa  
 
# Suṣeṇa  
 
# Kāliya
 
# Kāliya
  
Though they are terrible in appearance and cruel by nature they live in eternal fear of Garuḍa the great eagle-mount of Lord Viṣṇu,      an inveterate enemy of theirs.
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Though they are terrible in appearance and cruel by nature they live in eternal fear of Garuḍa the great eagle-mount of Lord [[Viṣṇu]],      an inveterate enemy of theirs.
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Revision as of 10:12, 17 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Mahatala, MahAtala, Mahaatala


The purāṇas describe the universe as comprising 14 worlds. They are:

  1. 7 being above this bhuloka or earth
  2. 6 being below this earth

These six are generally given the name Pātālalokas. However, Mahātala is the fourth nether world starting with Atala just below this earth. It is supposed to be inhabited by multi-headed serpents all descendants of the sage Kaśyapa and his wife Kadru. Some of the chief ones among them are:

  1. Kahaka
  2. Takṣaka
  3. Suṣeṇa
  4. Kāliya

Though they are terrible in appearance and cruel by nature they live in eternal fear of Garuḍa the great eagle-mount of Lord Viṣṇu, an inveterate enemy of theirs.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore