Swarga also recognized as Swarga Loka, is one of the eight senior loka's in Hindu mythology. The eight loka's involve Bhu loka, Bhuvar loka, Swarga loka, Mahar loka, Jana loka, Tapa loka, Satyaloka and the highest Goloka.
Depiction of Swarga in myths
Narratives of Swarga are wonderful and extraordinary. Swarga is seen as an ephemeral place for moral souls who have done good endeavours in their lives but are not yet prepared to attain moksha, or rise to Vaikunta. It is considered to be the Supreme residence. In place of Hinduism, after the death of the body every soul clears a new body and a new cycle of life. If similar parents do not exist on Mother Earth then the soul hides in Swarga or hell. In Swarga, the remaining balance of karma is positive and in hell it is negative. Both heaven and hell live in Sun. Swarga exists in the central part of sun where temperatures go beyond of millions of degrees centigrade. It is in such temperatures that the soul feels comfortable.
In Hindu mythology, there are two types of Swarga: there is Swarga which is spelt without capitals and there is Swarga which is spelt with capitals. One Swarga is ruled by Indra whereas the other Swarga which is the Vaikuntha of Vishnu or Kailasa of Shiva, where there is no danger. There is a fabulous depiction of Swarga lok in Hindu mythology and pauranic fiction. An ocean of milk and a mountain of gold, flowers that never dry up, heavenly apsaras of godly splendour and eternal youth all are depicted wonderfully. In Christianity paradise is portrayed as free from needs and activities and luxurious pleasures. In Islam, Swarga is portrayed as jannat where there are four rivers each of tasty water, milk, honey and wine. Besides, there are virgins of supreme beauty and known to aesthetic delights.
(Last Updated on : 21-08-2017)
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