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How long is Kali Yuga?

Yuga theory of Hinduism is very confusing one to say the least. It has different meaning depending on the context but the one we’ll discuss in this blog post will be the one that talks about a specified time period whose length sometimes is given as 5 years, 1200 years, or 4,32,000 years.


Yuga is directly related to calendar. It is used for calendar precision i.e. to make correction to the luni-solar calendar.

Before writings of Mayasura’s Surya Siddhanta in 6778 BCE, Yuga had the length of 5 years. But for precision in calender, Yuga length was increased to 1200 years which was later updated to 4,32,000 [1200 x 360] years (after Mahabharata war).

If you want to know more about Yuga, read our post about the Timeline of Indian Civilization

Frequently Asked Question

What is the meaning of Yuga?

Yuga definition varies with context but it is a duration of time period which initially had the value to only 5 years. It was used for correction of the luni-solar calendar.

When did Kali Yuga start?

The Kali Yuga by the current definition of Yuga was calculated to be 3102 BCE

When will Kali Yuga end?

The length of Kali Yuga is 4,32,000 years. Only around 5122 years has elapsed in current Kali Yuga.

What is the duration of Kali Yuga?

Kali Yuga is 4,32,000 years long.

How many Kali Yuga has passed?

27 Kali Yuga of this Manvantar has elapsed. We are in the

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