Definition of pralaya in US English:

pralaya

(also pralay)

noun

Hinduism
  • The process of dissolution and destruction of the universe that takes place at the end of each age or kalpa and precedes a new creation.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Tenison (1636–1715), archbishop of Canterbury. From Sanskrit pralaya dissolution, death.

Pronunciation

pralaya

/prəˈlʌɪjə/