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Manvantara Period Of Time In Hinduism

Manvantara is a period of time in Hinduism. The period of time is found mainly in Harivamsa and certain Puranas. The concept of Manvantara is not widely mentioned in the Epics – Mahabharata and Ramayana.

A Manvantara is said to consist of a total of just over 71 Mahayugas. There is no exact count as it is given differently in different scriptures.

Each Mahayuga lasts for a total of 12000 Divine years or 4,320,000 human years.

There are 14 Manvantaras – this is equal to 1000 Maha Yugas or 4,320,000,000 human years. It is the measure of a Kalpa or day of brahma.

At the end of each kalpa there is the dissolution of the entire three worlds.

Thereafter follows the night of Brahma – of equal duration to one day of Brahma –, which is in turn followed by a further new day of Brahma, consisting again of 14 Manvantaras.