Kritayuga, aka: Kṛtayuga, Krita-yuga; 5 Definition(s)

Introduction

Kritayuga means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Kṛtayuga can be transliterated into English as Krtayuga or Kritayuga, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana

[Kritayuga in Purana glossaries]

Kṛtayuga (कृतयुग).—There are four Yugas (Eras) called Kṛta, Tretā, Dvāpara and Kali yugas. (For the set up etc. of the Yugas see under Manvantara).

In the first Yuga, i.e. Kṛta yuga, people will be quite righteous. As the Yugas change righteousness will fade out in increasing measure till the world will be filled with unrighteousness and evil by the time it is Kaliyuga. When Kaliyuga is completed Mahāviṣṇu will incarnate himself as Kalki and wipe out unrighteousness and establish Kṛtayuga once again.

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Kṛtayuga (कृतयुग).—(also kṛta)—commences when the sun, moon and Bṛhaspati are in one, and the same rāśī. Its characteristic features.1 Form of Hari as worshipped in this yuga, and worship by contemplation.2 Etymologically people in this age are kṛtakṛtyas. Hari took the form of a vṛṣa (bull) for the manifestation of dharma. Haṃsa was the caste name of men.3 Its duration; repeats at the end of Kaliyuga. Pitṛs are worshipped.4 Physical and moral state of world in; duration 4000 divine years; sandhya, and sandhyāṃśa 108 years; dhyāna important in; sandhyāṃśa 400 = prakrīyāpāda;5 after Kali with seven sages; at the beginning man in Kalinga;6 pertaining to the Brahmanas; Vedas honoured.7 People with no restrictions lived on roots and fruits enjoying sexual bliss; jñāna.8

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 2. 24; 3. 18-19, 27.
  • 2) Ib. XI. 5. 21-23; IX. 10. 52; XII. 3. 52.
  • 3) Ib. XI. 17. 10-11.
  • 4) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 69; 29. 24-31; 31. 103. 11; III. 14. 46-7; 74. 225; Matsya-purāṇa 1. 34; 142. 19 and 24; 144. 90; 145. 6-7; 165. 1.
  • 5) Vāyu-purāṇa 8. 32-67.
  • 6) Ib. 58. 103, 110.
  • 7) Ib. 78. 36-7.
  • 8) Ib. 99. 413. Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 7. 21, 45-59.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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context information

The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[Kritayuga in Buddhism glossaries]

Kṛtayuga (कृतयुग) or simply Kṛta refers to the “accomplished age ” and represents the first of the “four ages” (yuga) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 88). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., kṛta-yuga). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Kritayuga in Marathi glossaries]

kṛtayuga (कृतयुग).—n (S) The first of the four ages of the world, the satyayuga.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Kritayuga in Sanskrit glossaries]

Kṛtayuga (कृतयुग).—the first (golden) of the four ages.

Derivable forms: kṛtayugam (कृतयुगम्).

Kṛtayuga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kṛta and yuga (युग).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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