The Kali Yuga was started at the end of Mahabharata war, according to puranas, the Kali Yuga was started in 3102 BCE. Kali Yuga is associated with the demon Kali (not to be confused with goddess Kali). The demon Kali means “Anger”, “Disagreement”, “Quarrel” and “Contention”.
Kali Yuga in Krishna’s words
Once four Pandavas asked Krishna to explain about Kali yuga. Then he assured to demonstrate the situation of Kali yuga to four brothers. He took a bow and four arrows and shot them in four directions and ordered the four Pandavas to go and bring the arrows back. Each of the Pandavas went in four directions to search for the arrows.
In search of arrow, Arjuna went to a place where a Cuckoo singing in a fascinating voice, but was also eating flesh of a live rabbit which was in great pain. Arjuna was surprised to see such a violent act by such a divine bird.
Bhima who was in search of second arrow, went to a place where an empty well is surrounded by four wells full of water. The four wells were overflowing with very sweet water as if they were not able to hold the water. And surprisingly, the well situated in middle of these four wells was empty. Bhima was puzzled at this sight.
Nakula reached a place to search the third arrow, he stopped at a place where the cow was about to give birth. After giving birth the cow started licking the calf but continued to lick it by injuring the calf. Nakula was puzzled by the strange behaviour of such calm animal.
Sahadev who was in search of fourth arrow, saw a huge rock falling from a cliff, by crushing the trees in its way sown. But the rock was stopped by a small plant. Sahadev was also amazed at this sight.
All the pandavas, further asked the meaning of this incidents from krishna. Then Krishna stated as following:
“In Kali Yug, the priests will have very sweet voice and will also have great knowledge
but they will exploit devotees the same way cuckoo was doing with rabbit ;
In Kali yuga, people will live among rich, those rich will have enormous amount of
wealth which will actually overflow but they will not offer a single rupee to poor, same
as the four wells didn’t have a water single drop of water for the empty well ;
In Kali yuga, parents will love so much that their love will actually spoil them and will
destroy their lives similar to the love shown by cow to her new born calf ;
In Kali yuga, people are similar to stone, they will not be stopped by anyone at the end
only the name of God will be able to hold them from doom like the little plant held the
stone from further fall “
-from Uddhava Gita, Srimad Bhagavatham
The demon Kali
Kali is the ruling lord of Kali Yuga, the evil demon who causes the misery and sins to people. As per mentions in Vishnu Purana, Lord Vishnu will take the avatar of Sri kaliki to end the demon Kali and his dark forces. Further details states that at the end of Kali Yuga, Kalki will return on a white horse to do battle with Kali, thereby demolishing the entire universe and a new age of Satya Yuga will begin.