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Manvantara, aka: Manuvantara; 2 Definition(s)

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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

  1. First Manvantara - the interval of Swayambhu Manu
    Saptarshis: Marichi, Atri, Angiras, Pulaha, Kratu, Pulastya, and Vashishtha.
    Avatar: Yajna.
  2. Second Manvantara - the interval of Swarochisha Manu
    Saptarshis: Urja, Stambha, Prańa, Dattoli, Rishabha, Nischara, and Arvarívat.
    Avatar: Vibhu.
  3. Third Manvantara - the interval of Auttami Manu
    Saptarshis: Sons of Vashista: Kaukundihi, Kurundi, Dalaya, Śankha, Praváhita, Mita, and Sammita.
    Avatar: Satyasena.
  4. Fourth Manvantara - the interval of Tamasa Manu
    Saptarshis: Jyotirdhama, Prithu, Kavya, Chaitra, Agni, Vanaka, and Pivara.
    Avatar: Hari.
  5. Fifth Manvantara - the interval of Raivata Manu
    Saptarshis: Hirannyaroma, Vedasrí, Urddhabahu, Vedabahu, Sudhaman, Parjanya, and Mahámuni.
    Avatar: Vaikuntha.
  6. Sixth Manvantara - the interval of Chakshusha Manu
    Saptarshis: Sumedhas, Virajas, Havishmat, Uttama, Madhu, Abhináman, and Sahishnnu.
    Avatar: Ajita.
  7. The present, seventh Manvantara - the interval of Vaivasvata Manu
    Saptarshis: Kashyapa, Atri, Vashista, Vishvamitra, Gautama, Jamadagni, Bharadvaja.
    Avatar: Vamana
  8. Eighth (Future) - Savarni Manu
    Saptarshis: Diptimat, Galava, Rama, Kripa, Drauni, Vyasa, and Rishyasringa.
    Avatar: Sarvabhauma.
  9. Ninth - Daksa Savarni Manu
    Saptarshis: Savana, Dyutimat, Bhavya, Vasu, Medhatithi, Jyotishmán, and Satya.
    Avatar: Rishabha.
  10. Tenth - Brahma Savarni Manu
    Saptarshis: Havishmán, Sukriti, Satya, Apámmúrtti, Nábhága, Apratimaujas, and Satyaket.
    Avatar: Vishvaksena.
  11. Eleventh - Dharma Savarni Manu
    Saptarshis: Niśchara, Agnitejas, Vapushmán, Vishńu, Áruni, Havishmán, and Anagha.
    Avatar: Dharmasetu.
  12. Twelfth - Rudra Savarni Manu
    Saptarshis: Tapaswí, Sutapas, Tapomúrtti, Taporati, Tapodhriti, Tapodyuti, and Tapodhan.
    Avatar: Sudhama.
  13. Thirteenth - Raucya or Deva Savarni Manu
    Saptarshis: Nirmoha, Tatwadersín, Nishprakampa, Nirutsuka, Dhritimat, Avyaya, and Sutapas.
    Avatar: Yogesvara.
  14. Fourteenth - Indra Savarni Manu
    Saptarshis: Agnibáhu, Śuchi, Śhukra, Magadhá, Gridhra, Yukta, and Ajita.
    Avatar: Brihadbhanu.
Added: 24.Jun.2012 | WikiPedia: Hinduism
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