Etymology of Maharloka
The term Maharloka derives from the Sanskrit word mahas, which means "power," "enormity," "wonder" and "strength." Loka means "world," "kingdom" or "plane of life." Hence the term Maharloka means the loka of strength, power and wonder.
Myths of Maharloka
As per Hindu mythology, there are seven higher worlds and seven lower ones. The higher worlds are the Seven Spheres vyahrtis or lokas, namely bhuvar, deva, mahar, jana, Indra, rudra and marut and the lower ones (the "seven underworlds" or paatala lokas) are atala, vitala, sutala, rasaataala, talatala, mahaatala, paatala.
Maharloka is said to be the residence of the saints, sages, enlighten beings and rishis. Maharloka is also called the Muni-loka which is the fourth highest planet of the universe. The rishis of Maharloka can move between lokas in the universe at an amazing speed. They are always involved in the dedication of God. Their life duration is a day of Lord Brahma. When the mahapralaya or destruction comes they either walk out from the universe and enter Vaikhunta to live there forever or die in mahapralaya. Below the Maharloka, there is Swarga loka and around 20,000 yojans (Vedic measurement of distance of ancient India) above it is Jana loka.
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