Kali Yuga Timeline

The present Epoch (Kali Yuga), as per Hindu calendar in
Surya Siddhanta started at sunrise on 24th January 3102
BCE, according to proleptic Gregorian calendar.
Bhagavata Purana clearly mentions that after Lord Sri
Krishna’s exit from earth, effect of Kali Yuga started.
Sri Krishna’s death time and date :
Sri Krishna was shot by an arrow of a hunter on his feet
on the thursday evening of 23rd January 3102 BCE.
He left his physical body on 24th January 3102 BCE at 02
hours 27 minutes 30 seconds.
The next sunrise was on Friday, with moon in Aswini
Nakshatra, tithi (lunar day) being Suddha Padyami
(sukla pratipad or first day of lunar month) of Chaitra
Maasam (lunar month) in Pramādi named year.
This date is 18 February 3102 BCE according to Julian
Calendar.
After exit of Krishna, his race, Yadavas fought among
themselves and everyone died except Krishna’s grandson
Vajranabha.
The date is confirmed in Sripada Sri Vallabha Charitra
(life history of one of the Avatars (incarnations) of the
deity Sri Dattatreya in kaliyuga during 14th century AD).
Mahabharata War and the decimation of Yadavas thus
happened at the Yuga-Sandhi, the point of transition
from one yuga to another. The scriptures mention Sage
Narada to have momentarily intercepted the demon Kali
on his way to the Earth when Duryodhana was about to
be born in order to make him an embodiment of
‘arishadvargas‘ (6 bad qualities of human) and adharma
in preparation of the era of decay in values and the
consequent havoc.
Kali Yuga Timeline- The Age of Demon:
Linga Purana describes the following symptoms of the
Kali Yuga.
Thieves will become kings, and kings will be the thieves.
Rulers will confiscate property and use it badly. They will
cease to protect the people.
Base men who have gained a certain amount of learning
(without having the virtues necessary for its use) will be
esteemed as sages.
There will be many displaced persons, wandering from
one country to another.
Predatory animals will be more violent.
Fetuses will be killed in the wombs of their mothers.
People will prefer to choose false ideas.
No one will be able to trust anyone else.
People will be envious.
There will be many children born whose life expectancy
is no more than 16 years.
People suffering from hunger and fear will take refuge in
underground shelters.
Young girls will do trade in their virginity.
The god of clouds will be inconsistent in the distribution
of the rains.
Shopkeepers will run dishonest businesses.
There will be many beggars and unemployed people.
Everyone will use hard and vulgar language.
Men will devote themselves to earning money; the richest
will hold power.
The state leaders will no longer protect the people but,
through taxes, will appropriate all wealth.
Water will be lacking.
Pre-cooked food will be readily available.
This Kali Yuga spans for a long time period of 432,000
years, although multiple other durations have been
proposed by many.
Human civilization degenerates spiritually during the Kali
Yuga,which is referred to as the Dark Age because in it
people are as far away as possible from God.
Ancient Vedic religion often symbolically represents
dharma as a bull.
In Satya Yuga, the first stage of development, the bull
has four legs, but in each age dharma is reduced by
one quarter.
By the age of Kali, dharma is reduced to only a quarter
of that of the golden age, so that the bull of Dharma has
only one leg now.
Major differences of Karma and Dharma in each Yuga:
In Satya Yuga, if one person commits sin or crime, entire
world has to share its burden.
In Treta Yuga, it was limited to kingdom.
In Dwapara Yuga, it was limited to family.
In Kali Yuga, karma and its consequences are limited to
each individual.
Also, in Satya Yuga, one could please god(s) only by
doing severe penance or meditation.
In Treta Yuga, one had to do Yagnas, sacrifices and
donations.
In Dwapara Yuga, one had to recite mantras and
generate energy. Also Astras (weapons) worked.
In Kali Yuga, only tantra and recitation(chanting) of name
will work.
King Parikshit (Grandson of Arjuna) allowed Kali to enter
into his kingdom based on the condition : In Kali Yuga, if
one thinks of committing a sin, he will not be punished.
He will bear punishment only after committing the act
physically.
But, when someone even thinks of doing a good deed
wholeheartedly, they will get the benefit of actually doing
it.
So, this Kali Yuga is more powerful as our positive
thoughts are good enough to overcome all negativity
around us.
10,000 year “Golden Age” within Kali Yuga
Brahma Vaivarta Purana (in 4.129) (related to Rathantara
kalpa) mentions a ten thousand year period, starting
from the traditional dating of the Kali Yuga epoch
(January 24 at 2:27 AM, 3102 BCE), during which bhakti
yogis will be present.
Lord SriKrishna foretold that this Kali Yuga will be full of
extreme hardships for people with ideals and values.
kaler daSa-sahasraaNi
madbhaktaaH saMti bhu-tale
ekavarNaa bhaviSyaMti
madbhakteSu gateSu ca
Translation : For 10,000 years of Kali such devotees of
Mine will be present on earth. After the departure of My
devotees there will be only one varna, Outcaste !
Found in 4.90.32–33 (Brahma Vaivarta Purana), where
Krishna talks to Ganga about upcoming Kali Yuga:
kalau dasa-sahasrAni
haris tiSThati medinI
devAnAM pratimA pUjyA
sAstrANi ca purANakam
Translation : Sri Krisna said: Lord Hari will stay on this
earth for the first ten-thousand years of Kali-yuga. Till
then gods will be worshipped and the Puranas and
scriptures will also be present.
5116 years have elapsed as of 2014 AD taking into
account the start date of kaliyuga.
So, the Golden Period ends in 6898 AD and after that all
religions and beliefs will vanish.

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