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According to Purāṇic cosmogony, the cycle of time (known as a ‘life of Brahmā’) which begins with ‘creation’ (sarga) and ends with dissolution (pralaya). At the end of a day of Brahmā, the universe enters a period of quiescence or night, during which, according to a well-known Purāṇic myth, Viṣṇu (Nārāyaṇa) sleeps on the cosmic ocean (sometimes identified with the serpent Śeṣa) before becoming, or giving rise to, the demiurge, Brahmā, who inaugurates the new cycle. See also kalpa.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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