By Swami Harshananda
Tapoloka, general Definition
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, the pitṛs (manes) called Vairājas live here.
Tapoloka as per Yogasutras
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.
- Viṣṇupurāṇa 2.7
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore