Maharloka; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Maharloka (महर्लोक) refers to one of the seven heavens (upper regions) according to the Nīlamatapurāṇa. The Nīlamata mentions the threefold division of the universe indicated by the expressions like Tribhuvana, Trailokya etc. Evidently, the earth is the middle part, above and below which, are the heavens (eg., Maharloka) and the nether worlds. But as a matter of fact, the division seems to be twofold only, for the earth itself is regarded as the lowest of the seven upper regions.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Maharloka (महर्लोक).—A world which was believed by the ancient people to be situated one crore yojanas above the "Dhruvapada". Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Part II, Chapter 7 says that it is there that sages like Bhṛgu live till the end of Kalpa.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Maharloka (महर्लोक).—The neck of the Puruṣa;1 due to fire of Sankarṣaṇa sages leave this to Janaloka;2 the goal of yogins3 (see Mahat) above the Pole Star; the residence of Kalpa people; at a distance of two crores of yojanas is Janaloka; becomes devoid of all beings at the end of the kalpa but not extinguished;4 burnt in the Pralaya.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 1. 28.
  • 2) Ib. VIII. 20. 34.
  • 3) Ib. XI. 24. 14.
  • 4) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 7. 13.
  • 5) Ib. VI. 3. 28-9.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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maharlōka (महर्लोक).—m S The sphere of the sun and luminaries. See saptalōka.

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

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Maharloka (महर्लोक).—m.

(-kaḥ) A division of the universe; a region said to be one Crore or Yojanas above the polar star, and to be the abode of those saints who survive a destruction of the world. E. mahas sacrifice, loka world.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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