From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Dvyaṇuka literally means ‘of two atoms’.

Creation of this world is a topic that is invariably discussed in the darśanas or systems of philosophy. The Vaiśeṣika darśana of Kaṇāda accepts paramāṇus or atoms of earth, water, fire and air as the four fundamental substances from which this physical universe evolves.

Impelled by the karma of the non redeemed jīvas or individual souls, at the beginning of the creation, two paramāṇus are united forming a ‘dvyaṇuka’. Three such dvyaṇukas join together making a ‘tryaṇuka’. This process continues till the entire physical world is finally created.[1]


  1. Brahmasutras 2.2.11 and Sankara’s commentary on the same.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore