In Puranas, there is a mention of Yama and Yami, who were twins. What does Hindu philosophy/scriptures say about twin(or triplet, quadruplet, e.t.c,) births for humans?

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    You mean how they are born? Sep 25, 2017 at 16:29
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    @Sinister Yes, also about their soul, any connection past life, or anything related to them.
    – user9554
    Sep 25, 2017 at 16:31

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Garbha Upanishat gives a reason for birth of twins.

vyākulitamanaso'ndhāḥ khañjāḥ kubjā vāmanā bhavanti
anyonya vāyuparipīḍita śukradvaidhyādvidhā tanuḥ syāttato yugmāḥ prajāyante

If [at the time of impregnation] the parents are agitated, the child will be blind, crippled, hunch-backed or stunted. If the vital air moves around, the seed enters in two parts, resulting in twins.

  • Please can you tell the meaning of vital air? Feb 17, 2019 at 5:56

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