TEXT 98
jale bhari' ardha tāṅhā kaila nija-vāsa
āra ardhe kaila caudda-bhuvana prakāśa
SYNONYMS
jale—with water; bhari'-filling; ardha—half; tāṅhā—there; kaila—made; nija-vāsa—own residence; āra—other; ardhe—in the half; kaila—did; caudda-bhuvana—fourteen worlds; prakāśa—manifestation.
TRANSLATION
After filling half the universe with water, He made His own residence therein and manifested the fourteen worlds in the other half.
PURPORT
The fourteen worlds are enumerated in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Second Canto, Fifth Chapter. The upper planetary systems are (1) Bhū, (2) Bhuvar, (3) Svar, (4) Mahar, (5) Janas, (6) Tapas and (7) Satya. The seven lower planetary systems are (1) Tala, (2) Atala, (3) Vitala, (4) Nitala, (5) Talātala, (6) Mahātala and (7) Sutala. The lower planets, as a whole, are called Pātāla. Among the upper planetary systems, Bhū, Bhuvar and Svar constitute Svargaloka, and the rest are called Martya. The entire universe is thus known as Triloka.

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