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yojana


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(lit. ‘harnessing', yoking’)

A traditional unit of length, principally employed in Purāṇic cosmology to measure the vast dimensions of the universe. Its equivalent in miles has been variously calculated: popular conversions are 1 yojana = 2.5, 4.5, or 9 miles. Less precise calculations based, for example, on the distance a god can fly in a given time are also offered. The term appears to be derived from the distance a team of animals can travel without unyoking.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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