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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Tapoloka, general Definition[edit]

Tapoloka is one of the six lokas or worlds above the bhuloka or the earth. It is the sixth, calculated from bhuloka as the first. According to the Viṣṇupurāṇa,[1] the pitṛs (manes) called Vairājas live here.

Tapoloka as per Yogasutras[edit]

Yogasutras of Patañjali (200 B. C.) describes it as the abode of certain divine beings like Ābhāsvaras, Mahābhāsvaras and Sattva mahābhāsvaras. They all have a very long life and are ever immersed in meditation. Their knowledge is immense.


  1. Viṣṇupurāṇa 2.7
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore