Myths of Swar-Loka
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.
Swar-Loka is a set of heavenly world situated on and above the Mt. Meru where the virtuous live in paradise before their next living form. During each pralaya (the great dissolution), the first three kingdoms, Bhu loka (Earth), Bhuvar loka and Swar-Loka are destroyed. The capital of Swar-Loka is Amaravati and its entrance is guarded by Airavata. Swar-Loka is presided over by Lord Indra, the leader of devatas. Swar-Loka is seen as a temporary place for righteous souls who have performed good deeds in their lives but are not yet ready to attain moksha or salvation from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
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