From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

According to the purāṇas there are fourteen lokas or worlds in this universe generally called as Caturdaśabhuvanas. Of these, six lokas are above the earth (Bhuloka) and seven below it.

Bhuvarloka is the first in this series, above the earth. It occupies the space between the earth and the sun. It is inhabited by munis (sages) and siddhas (perfected beings).


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