Fifteen Shrimad Bhagavatam predictions for Kaliyuga that mirror today’s reality

In this post, we have compiled fifteen predictions that clearly indicate the signs of Kaliyuga. 

Fifteen Shrimad Bhagavatam predictions for Kaliyuga that mirror today’s reality
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Mumbai: Shrimad Bhagavatam also known as Bhagavata Puraṇa is one of the eighteen Puranas composed in Sanskrit. It is considered to be one of the sacred texts of Sanatana Dharma that speaks about the fundamental philosophies of life vis-a-vis the evolution of time.

In this post, we have compiled fifteen predictions that clearly indicate the signs of Kaliyuga.

We would have certainly heard our peers discuss Kaliyuga or we ourselves would have spoken about the degradation of life and values in this “dark age”.

It is incredibly amazing to learn that this Purana which was compiled many centuries ago has correctly predicted the reality of today.

In the post, we have compiled the fifteen predictions with translations.

Check them out here:

sri-suka uvaca

tatas canu-dinam dharmah

satyam saucam ksama daya

kalena balina rajan

nanksyaty ayur balam smrtih

Shrimad Bhagavatam- 12.2.1

Religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, duration of life, physical strength and memory will diminish with each passing day. This will be because of the powerful influence of the age of Kali.

vittam eva kalau nrnam



karanam balam eva hi

Shrimad Bhagavatam 12.2.2

Wealth alone will alone determine the sign of a man’s good fortunes, proper behaviour and fine qualities. Only the people in power will get justice.

dampatye ’bhirucir hetur

mayaiva vyavaharike

stritve pumstve ca hi ratir

vipratve sutram eva hi

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.3

Men and women will live together only because of superficial attraction. The success in business will depend on deceit. Womanliness and manliness will be judged according to one’s expertise in sex, and a man will be known as a Brahman only because of the sacred thread.

lingam evasrama-khyatav


avrttya nyaya-daurbalyam

panditye capalam vacah

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.4

A person’s spiritual position will be ascertained merely according to external symbols, and on that same basis people will change from one spiritual order to the next. A person’s propriety will be seriously questioned if he does not earn a good living. And one who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar.


sadhutve dambha eva tu

svikara eva codvahe

snanam eva prasadhanam

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.5

A person will be judged unholy if he does not have money, and hypocrisy will be accepted as virtue. Marriage will be arranged simply by verbal agreement, and a person will think he is fit to appear in public if he has merely taken a bath.

dure vary-ayanam tirtham

lavanyam kesa-dharanam

udaram-bharata svarthah

satyatve dharstyam eva hi

daksyam kutumba-bharanam

yaso ’rthe dharma-sevanam

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.6

A sacred place will be taken to consist of no more than a reservoir of water located at a distance, and beauty will be thought to depend on one’s hairstyle. Filling the belly will become the goal of life, and one who is audacious will be accepted as truthful. He who can maintain a family will be regarded as an expert man, and the principles of religion will be observed only for the sake of reputation.

evam prajabhir dustabhir

akirne ksiti-mandale


yo bali bhavita nrpah

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.7

As the earth thus becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever among any of the social classes shows himself to be the strongest will gain political power.



anavrstya vinanksyanti


Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.9

Harassed by famine and excessive taxes, people will resort to eating leaves, roots, flesh, wild honey, fruits, flowers and seeds. Struck by drought, they will become completely ruined.


himair anyonyatah prajah

ksut-trdbhyam vyadhibhis caiva

santapsyante ca cintaya

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.10

The citizens will suffer greatly from cold, wind, heat, rain and snow. They will be further tormented by quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease and severe anxiety.

trimsad vimsati varsani

paramayuh kalau nrnam

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.11

The maximum duration of life for human beings in Kali-yuga will become fifty years.

na rakshishyanti manujah

sthavirau pitarav api

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.42

Men will no longer protect their elderly parents.

kalau kakinike 'py arthe

vigrihya tyakta-sauhridah

tyakshyanti ca priyan pranan

hanishyanti svakan api

Srimad Bhagavatarr 12.3.41

In Kali-yuga men will develop hatred for each other even over a few coins. Giving up all friendly relations, they will be ready to lose their own lives and kill even their own relatives.

sudrah pratigrahishyanti


dharmam vakshyanty adharma-jna


Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.38

Uncultured men will accept charity on behalf of the Lord and will earn their livelihood by making a show of austerity and wearing a mendicant's dress. Those who know nothing about religion will mount a high seat and presume to speak on religious principles.

patim tyakshyanti nirdravyam

bhritya apy akhilottarnam

bhrityam vipannam patayah

kaulam gas capayasvinih

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.36

Servants will abandon a master who has lost his wealth, even if that master is a saintly person of exemplary character. Masters will abandon an incapacitated servant, even if that servant has been in the family for generations. Cows will be abandoned or killed when they stop giving milk.

dasyutkrishta janapada

vedah pashanda-dushitah

rajanas ca praja-bhakshah

 sisnodara-para dvijah

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.32

Cities will be dominated by thieves, the Vedas will be contaminated by speculative interpretations of atheists, political leaders will virtually consume the citizens, and the so-called priests and intellectuals will be devotees of their bellies and genitals.

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