yuga युग

Definition: n. an age of the world, long mundane period of years (of which there are four, viz. 1. kṛta- or satya-, 2. tretā-, 3. dvāpara-, 4. kali-, of which the first three have already elapsed, while the kali-, which began at midnight between the 17th and 18th of Feb. 3102 B.C. [O. S.] , is that in which we live;the duration of each is said to be respectively 1,728,000, 1,296,000, 864,000, and 432,000 years of men, the descending numbers representing a similar physical and moral deterioration of men in each age;the four yuga-s comprise an aggregate of 4,320,000 years and constitute a"great yuga-"or mahā-yuga-; see ) etc.

Dictionary: Monier-Williams
Literary Sources: IW. 178, AV.
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