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At the time of creation first material element out of 5 is ether, followed by air, fire, water and earth. And while destruction it will start from earth to water fire to air and to ether to mind, intelligence false ego then into Lord Vishnu.
So the first layer is out of earth. Because earth contains all previous elements. Water does not contain earth. Fire does not contain water, air does not contain fire, ether does not contain air...
If the diameter of the universe is 4 billion miles then the thickness of the layer is 80 million miles which covers all that 4 billion miles in this way it has much space. But the thickness of it 80 million miles.
Hopes someone who knows well also will correct me if i am doing mistake.
The first layer is the earth, then water, fir, air, ether, mind and False ego. Each is 10 times thicker than the other.
so the layer of earth is 40 billion miles thick...80 billion miles is the total thickness of the 1st shell along the diameter.
second layer is 400 billion miles thick.
If we assume that the first shell has a radial thickness of forty billion miles, and that each successive shell is ten times as thick as the one preceding it, then the outer radius of the seventh shell comes to 44,444,442 billion miles.
In SB 3.26.52p Srila Prabhupada states, "The space within the hollow of the universe cannot be measured by any human scientist or anyone else." This also suggests that something unexpected must happen to space (as well as time) as one approaches the universal shell, for it hardly seems impossible to measure a distance of 2 billion miles in ordinary space.
Reference : Vedic Cosmography and Astronomy by Richard L Thompson (Sadaputa Pr), Chapter 6.
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All previous calculations of the size of our Brahmanda Universe are wrong here is the correct size now revealed
"The full size of our Brahmanda Egg shaped Universe is a massive 44 Quadrillion 444 Trillion 444 billion miles in diameter"
Our Material Universe called a Brahmanda is but just one in a multi-verse, even the latest scientific speculation believe our individual Brahmanda Universe is but one of billions of other Universes.
Each bubble in the painting is a different Brahmanda Universe in a multi-verse all originating from the Body of Maha Vishnu
Our Brahmanda is considered to be small compared to others and is a massive 44 Quadrillion 444 Trillion 444 billion miles in diameter
Around 22 Quadrillion 222 Trillion 222 billion deep inside the Brahmanda at its middle is found another smaller inner Universe that is just 4 billion miles in diameter and called the Bhu-Mandala Universe that has 14 different Planetary Systems within it.
Also at the bottom of the Bhu-mandala Univere is an expansion of Maha Vishnu caled Garbhodakashayi Vishnu from whom a stem grows from His naval and at the top of the stem is a lotus flower where Lord Brahma resides.
Within and surrounding the stem which is Mt Meru, possibly symbolically exists all 14 Planetary Systems.
The Brahmanda greater bubble Universe may even be bigger
The inner Bhu-Mandala Universe is 4 billion miles in diameter.
There are "seven material layers" of the Brahmanda Universe
The first layer of the outer Brahmanda Dome encasing the Bhu-Mandala Universe is earth which is 10 times thicker than the 4 billion mile diameter Bhu-Mangala inner Universe which equals -
1 - Bhu-Mandala Universe is 4,000,000,000 (4 billion miles in size)
2 - Earth layer is 10×4 = 40,000,000,000 (40 billion miles thick)
3 - Water layer is 10×40 = 400,000,000,000 (400 billion)
4 - Fire layer is 10×400 = 4000,000,000,000 (4000 billion which is 4 Trillion)
5 - Air layer is 10×4 = 40,000,000,000,000 (40 Trillion)
6 - Sky layer is 10×40 = 400,000,000,000,000 (400 Trillion)
7 - Ego layer is 10×400 = 4000,000,000,000,000 (4000 Trillion which is 4 Quadrillion)
8 - Mahat-tattva layer is 10×4000 = 40,000,000,000,000,000 (40 Quadrillion)
So the full size of our Brahmanda Egg shaped Universe is a massive 44 Quadrillion 444 Trillion 444 billion miles in diameter