the Fourteen WORLDS of Universe

In vishnu purana Sage Parashara explains to Maitreya about the celestial worlds and the position of Stars and planets . Apart from that the fourteen worlds of universe are described In Shiva maha purana ( Uma Samhitha) ,Brahma Vaivart Purana, Agni purana and Linga purana also.

Fourteen Worlds Of The Universe
NO’SHIGHER WORLDSNO’SLOWER WORLDS
1 Bhuloka 8 Atala
2 Bhuvarloka 9 Vitala
3 Svarloka 10 Sutala
4 Maharloka 11 Talatala
5 Janaloka 12 Mahatala
6 Tapolaka 13 Rasatala
7 Satyaloka 14 Patala
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NOTE: At the end of a kalpa, all the three Worlds of bhuloka, bhuvarloka and svarloka are destroyed. But the four lokas of Maharloka, Janaloka, Tapaloka and Satyaloka are not destroyed.

Description of Higher worlds
Seven Upper WorldsDiscription
Earth BHULOKHA
Sun At a height of 1,00,000 Yojans above the earth
Moon 1,00,000 Yojans above Sun
Stars 1,00,000 Yojans above Moon
Mercury At a height of 2,00,000 Yojans above the sphere of stars
Venus 2,00,000 Yojans above Mercury
Mars 2,00,000 Yojans above Venus
Jupiter 2,00,000 Yojans above Mars
Saturn 2,00,000 Yojans above Jupiter
Saptharishis ( The Great Bear constellation ) 1,00,000 Yojans above the Saturn
Dhruv ( Pole Star ) 1,00,000 Yojans above Saptharishis
Maharloka ( sages like Bhrigu etc.. live ) One crore Yojans above Dhruv
Janaloka (Brahma’s sons like manasa putras (Sanakaadi Kumars) live) Two crore Yojans above Maharloka
Tapaloka (deities named Vairaaj who are never consigned to flames) Eight crore Yojans above Janaloka
Satyaloka or brahma lokha (Only immortal beings live there)Twelve crore Yojans above Tapaloka
Vishnu loka (Lord Vishnu)
Karthikeya Lokha(Son of Shiva)
Uma lokha
Shiva loka (Lord Shiva)
Golokha ( lord Krishna lives with the cow names Sushila, with the permission of lord Shiva )

NOTE: (In Shiva maha puranam, uma samhitha says that stars are spread in the area of the 10,000 yojans above the moon. So the actual distance is missing while the puranas are being translated from generations to generations).

Important Descriptions of Upper Worlds

All the planets are situated between the earth and Dhruva star form the three lokas – Bhooloka, Bhuvar loka and Swarga loka .

Bhuloka is the earth and its limits extend upto the points that can be lit up the rays of the sun and the moon. Take the distance from bhuloka to the solar circle. An equal distance beyond the solar circle constitutes bhuvarloka. The region from the limits of bhuvarloka to the region of Dhruva (the Pole Star) is svarloka or svarga (heaven). Above the solar circle is the lunar circle and above that come successively the regions of the stars , planets etc.. Maharloka is reserved for those who have been freed from the bonds of the world.

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Basic creation of the world is from the Lingam
Important descriptions of lower worlds

The earth is balanced on the hood of Sheshnag. Lord Vishnu is the nurturer of this world. Each of these worlds is ten thousand yojans in length and twenty thousand yojans deep. All these netherworld have the same expanse as the earth.

Sage Narad’s description of Lower worlds

Once Sage Narada went on a trip to the underworld and was bowled over by its beauty. The underworld is a wonderful place, more beautiful than heaven itself. The demons and the Nagas reside in these worlds. All these worlds are full of invaluable and priceless diamonds. It is full of palaces and jewels. The sun rises there, but does not radiate too much of heat. The moon also rises, but its beams are not at all chilly. The forests are populated by beautiful trees and the ponds are thick with lotus flowers, the songs of cuckoo birds are heard everywhere. Below the underworld sleeps a great snake, known as Shesha or Ananta. It has a thousand hoods covered with jewels. In fact, this snake is really Vishnu in one of this various forms.

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