The Dance of Shiva
According to the principles of Indian time measurement, the smallest unit of measurement of Time is the involuntary time taken to drop one's eyelid or the Blink of an Eye!
It is remarkable that the ancients chose such a mode of measurement because this time is Constant for all living individuals hence does not depend on any Variables! This unit is known as a 'Nimish'.
- Three Units (03) of Nimish combine to form a 'Kshan'
- Five Units (05) of Kshan combine to form a 'Kashtha'
- Thirty Units (30) of Kashtha combine to form a 'Kaal'
- Thirty Units (30) of Kaal combine to form a 'Muhurat'
- Thirty Units (30) of Muhurat then combine to form a 24 hour period known as the'Divas-ratri'
- Like our 12 hour division, each day of Brahma is divided into fourteen (14) divisions known as the Manvantars. Each Manvantar is ruled over by a leader of mankind known as the Manu.
- Each Manvantar is further divided into 71 Mahayugas just as each hour of our day is divided into 60 minutes.
- Each Mahayuga is further sub-divided into 4 Yugas each which are - Satyuga,Tretayuga, Dvaparyuga and Kaliyuga.