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According to Hindu cosmogony, an 'epoch' or 'era' within a cycle of four ages.
These cycles are said to repeat just like the seasons, waxing and waning within a greater time-cycle of the creation and destruction of the universe.
In accordance with the Laws of Manu, one of the earliest known texts describing the yugas, mundane time is divided into cycles, or ages.
These epochs are the Satya or Krita Yuga, an Edenic age when the world was young and moist and whole, fresh from divine emanation that lasted for 1,728,000 years; the Treta or Titra Yuga, where duties are no longer inborn but must be learned, it lasted for1,296,000 years; the Dvapara Yuga, an age where true saintlines is extinct, lasting 864,000 years; and the Kali Yuga, which lasts for 432,000 years. According to the Hindu notion of time, we are now in the the Kali Yuga, the last of the four Yugas.
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