By Swami Harshananda
Mahāpralaya literally means ‘the great dissolution'.
Religion believes in a cyclic order of creation:
- Śṛṣti - creation
- Sthiti - maintenance
- Laya - dissolution
After an interval, the same process is again repeated. Brahmā, the four faced Creator, has a life-span of one hundred years as per the divine scale. This scales equals to 1036 human years. At the end of this period, mahāpralaya or great dissolution takes place.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore