Multiverse – Many worlds; the Hindu idea of lots of worlds and universes, with many different inhabitants
Her poem ran into multiple verses (multiverse) and expressed her idea that there were many worlds and universes containing lots of strange creatures.
There is a belief among Hindus that there are fourteen lokas (planes or realms of existence) that together make a multiverse.
The fourteen lokas are divided into seven upper worlds, known as vyarthis, and seven lower words, called patalas.
The vyarthis are:
- Satya-loka, the place of Brahma, where each person’s atman (inner self, or soul) is released from the inevitability of rebirth
- Tapa-loka, the plane of conscious energy and spirituality
- Jana-loka, where the sons of the god Brahma live
- Mahar-loka, where enlightened beings such as Markandeya, a Hindu sage (wise philosopher), live
- Svar-loka, an area between the sun and the Polar Star, regarded as the heaven of the god Indra, a paradise where all the millions of Hindu gods live
- Bhuvar-loka (or Pitri-loka), the space between Earth and the sun where semi-divine beings live
- Bhur-loka, Earth itself which, Hindus believe, is one of billions of inhabited worlds in the universe
The patalas are:
- Atala-loka, ruled by Bala, who is a son of Maya (Maya possesses mystical powers)
- Vitala-loka, which is ruled by the god Hara-Bhava, who is a form, or avatar, of Shiva.
- Sutala-loka, the kingdom of the demon king Bali.
- Talatala-loka, the realm of Maya where Shiva, under Maya's protection, also resides
- Mahatala, where many serpents live
- Rasatala-loka, believed to be the home of two demons, Danavas and Daityas
- Patala-loka, the lowest of the realms, ruled the King of serpents, Vasuki