Manvantara, aka: Manuvantara; 3 Definition(s)
Manuvantara (Sanskrit: "patriarchate of one Manu;") from manu (progenitor of mankind) + antara (within or between), hence the compound paraphrased means "within a manu," or "between manus" — literally meaning the duration of a Manu, or his life span. A manvantara is the period of activity between any two manus, on any plane, since in any such period there is a root-manu at the beginning of evolution, and a seed-manu at its close, preceding a pralaya (dissolution, or rest). Manvantara implying here simply a period of activity, as opposed to pralaya — without reference to the length of the cycle.
Each manvantara is created and ruled by a specific manu. Manu creates the world, and all its species during that period of time, each manvantara lasts the lifetime of a manu, upon whose death, Brahma creates another Manu to continue the shristi (cycle of Creation). Eventually it takes 14 manus and their respective manvantaras to create a kalpa (a ‘Day of Brahma’),.
1) Manvantara is the period of astronomical time within an aeon or Kalpa, (a day of Brahma).
2) Manvantara, the Hindu progenitor of mankind, is an astronomical period of time measurement. The word is a combination of words 'manu' and 'antara', creating manu-antara or manvantara, and literally meaning "the duration of a Manu", or his life span.
Each Manvantara is created and ruled by a specific Manu, who in turn is created by Brahma, the Creator himself. Manu creates the world, and all its species during that period of time, each Manvantara lasts the lifetime of a Manu, upon whose death, Brahma creates another Manu to continue the cycle of Creation or Shristi, Vishnu on his part takes a new Avatar, and also a new Indra and Saptarishis are appointed.
Eventually it takes 14 Manus and their respective Manvantaras to create a Kalpa, Aeon, or a ‘Day of Brahma’, according to the Hindu Time Cycles and also the Vedic timeline. Thereafter, at the end of each Kalpa, there is a period - same as Kalpa - of dissolution or Pralaya, wherein the world (earth and all life forms, but not the entire universe itself) is destroyed and lies in a state of rest, which is called the, ‘Night of Brahma’.
After that the creator, Brahma starts his cycle of creation all over again, in an endless cycle of creation followed by Destruction for which Shiva, Hindu God of destruction, and also renewal, is invoked towards the end of each such cycle.
Manus of the Śveta Vārāha Kalpa
First Manvantara - the interval of Swayambhu Manu
Saptarshis: Marichi, Atri, Angiras, Pulaha, Kratu, Pulastya, and Vashishtha.
Second Manvantara - the interval of Swarochisha Manu
Saptarshis: Urja, Stambha, Prańa, Dattoli, Rishabha, Nischara, and Arvarívat.
Third Manvantara - the interval of Auttami Manu
Saptarshis: Sons of Vashista: Kaukundihi, Kurundi, Dalaya, Śankha, Praváhita, Mita, and Sammita.
Fourth Manvantara - the interval of Tamasa Manu
Saptarshis: Jyotirdhama, Prithu, Kavya, Chaitra, Agni, Vanaka, and Pivara.
Fifth Manvantara - the interval of Raivata Manu
Saptarshis: Hirannyaroma, Vedasrí, Urddhabahu, Vedabahu, Sudhaman, Parjanya, and Mahámuni.
Sixth Manvantara - the interval of Chakshusha Manu
Saptarshis: Sumedhas, Virajas, Havishmat, Uttama, Madhu, Abhináman, and Sahishnnu.
The present, seventh Manvantara - the interval of Vaivasvata Manu
Saptarshis: Kashyapa, Atri, Vashista, Vishvamitra, Gautama, Jamadagni, Bharadvaja.
Eighth (Future) - Savarni Manu
Saptarshis: Diptimat, Galava, Rama, Kripa, Drauni, Vyasa, and Rishyasringa.
Ninth - Daksa Savarni Manu
Saptarshis: Savana, Dyutimat, Bhavya, Vasu, Medhatithi, Jyotishmán, and Satya.
Tenth - Brahma Savarni Manu
Saptarshis: Havishmán, Sukriti, Satya, Apámmúrtti, Nábhága, Apratimaujas, and Satyaket.
Eleventh - Dharma Savarni Manu
Saptarshis: Niśchara, Agnitejas, Vapushmán, Vishńu, Áruni, Havishmán, and Anagha.
Twelfth - Rudra Savarni Manu
Saptarshis: Tapaswí, Sutapas, Tapomúrtti, Taporati, Tapodhriti, Tapodyuti, and Tapodhan.
Thirteenth - Raucya or Deva Savarni Manu
Saptarshis: Nirmoha, Tatwadersín, Nishprakampa, Nirutsuka, Dhritimat, Avyaya, and Sutapas.
Fourteenth - Indra Savarni Manu
Saptarshis: Agnibáhu, Śuchi, Śhukra, Magadhá, Gridhra, Yukta, and Ajita.
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