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Who is the ruler of Naraka (hell) & Is any details about them?

Like Indra is the king of Svarga, Is any scriptures mention the ruler of Naraka? Is any details about them?
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What kind of karma causes someone to be born with same-sex attractions and the emotional/mental pain that comes with it?

The emotional and mental pain of being a homosexual is because the world is at odds with who you're . You're a misfit and a minority in this world. Straight (" normal" ) peers mock you which ...
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Can majority of Hindus living in deplorable conditions be explained by karmic law?

Majority of Hindus live in india, a third world country with abysmal living conditions, can it be inferred that majority of Hindus are born in india due to their bad deeds(karma ) in past lives? Also ...
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What is Pitriloka (Pitṛloka)?

What is pitṛloka? In many Hindu rituals (such as nandishraddha) pitṛs are invited from pitṛloka. I know that pitṛs are ancestors. But I want to know, where is the pitṛloka? Is it a sort of heaven? A ...
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Does Hinduism have different types of rebirths?

Does Hinduism have a Wheel of Samsara like Buddhism and Jainism, which categorize 6 different options of possible rebirths based on past karma? Or in Hinduism the only possible rebirths are human or ...
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How many hells (naraka) are there according to Hinduism? [duplicate]

If I am not wrong, the concept of hell (Naraka) was introduced in the Puranas. Hells do have specific names. I have heard of "Raurava Naraka". I guess, there is one more Naraka called "...
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Do only Pativratra wives accompany their husbands in heaven ? Do non-Pativratas also accompany the husband in afterlife?

It is quite well known that if a woman is Pativrata , she will take her husband to heaven along with herself. That is Pativrata wife will accompany the husband in heaven or afterlife. My question is - ...
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What happens to people whose bodies are not cremated?

What happens to people whose bodies are not cremated? Do they face problems in theafterlife?
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How to explain the conflict between the theory of Karma and hell?

According to Hinduism, souls reincarnate and experience the fruits of their Prarabdha Karma. Bad things happen to people because of their bad karma from previous birth. Then what is the function of ...
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Can a human be born again as animal in next life if he lives materialistic life?

I want to know if a human can go back in evolution if he doesn't live spiritually and commit thefts and sins throughout his life
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Leaving death site after final rites without taking leave

Following death/ obsequies and even after Punyahavachanam is performed there is a custom among some sections of society: the visiting relations or guests leave the place without saying so or taking ...
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Can only human beings become ghosts? What about other creatures?

There are various reasons for which someone may attain preta-hood (ghosts), as I discuss in this answer. I have only heard of human beings becoming ghosts, and there are several "reported-...
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Is our next destination (next birth or heaven/hell) determined by our last moment of death?

Many people say that our next destination ( next birth , heaven/hell or moksha) determined by what we think at the last moment of our death . Even in Bhagvad Gita it is written whosoever thinks of ...
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Why is it considered as bad to become ghost after death ? Do ghosts live a very miserable life?

It is being said that people who die by suicide or suffer violent death usually become ghosts . So, why is becoming a ghost considered a bad thing ? Is there more suffering in it ? What things can a ...
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Complete theology of Vaitaraṇî River?

In my local community area, the recitation and listening of the Garuda Purana from the 8th to the 11th day ( within the 12 day period of after-death rituals for the deceased) by the family priest and ...
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Will a person get moksha or not when he/she donates body after death?

It is said that a person need to lean in panchabhootas in his life. But what happens if any person doesn't meet one of the panchabhoothas i.e fire due to body or organs donation? Will he/she gets ...
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Why is there no mention of 'life review' after death in any scriptures of Hinduism?

I have come across many accounts of near death experiences (NDEs), Past life regression therapists, Mediums, and Channelers in the West who say that what happens after death is a standard process. ...
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Why did the Brahmins before Uddalak not have the knowledge of the other world while Kshatriyas did?

This story from the Chandogya Upanishad 5.3-10 states something very interesting: Shvetaketu was distressed and felt very much humiliated at this. So he returned home and asked his father Uddalaka, “...
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Why do some souls remain on earth after leaving the body after death?

When death happens, the soul should leave the body and it should go back to it's original realm (whatever or wherever that place is). But we encounter stories of ghosts or spirits on earth. Why do ...
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Where do souls stay until they reincarnate?

I'm certain that they do not reincarnate as soon as they die. So where do they stay until they reincarnate?
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How do the Hindu scriptures explain spiritual communication through a medium?

My understanding of karmic responsibility keeps me from understanding how a soul can be free to communicate through mediumship. Can someone please direct me to resources that explain the afterlife ...
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Since Kaliyuga itself feels like hell (naraka), do souls still go to hell after death?

Are swarga and naraka any different in Kali Yuga? I mean quality of life itself will deteriorate so much in Kali Yuga that it will seem like hell on Earth so will there be another hell after death to ...
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What happens to the spiritual progress achieved in this life after death?

Bhagavad Gita states that: On this path, effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort towards spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear. - Bhagavad ...
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What is the proof that I will not suffer after attaining Moksha / liberation? [duplicate]

After attaining Moksha there is no suffering. But how long I can be in a state of Moksha? What is the proof that I will not suffer ever after attaining liberation?
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Want to know after death [duplicate]

Can the soul meet the souls of his beloved ones? Can I after my death meet my parents' souls? Will they have feeling when they were alive and shall I have feeling as I have now? If yes, how the ...
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What is the Soul’s journey after death [duplicate]

What is the soul’s journey after the death? Where and how long does it travel? If a person was chanting Lord Rama’s name an hour before all his consciousness shut down and dying, where does his soul ...
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Do our parents in this birth will be our parents in every birth? Does this cycle revolves?

I want to know if our parents will only be our parents in every birth cycle ?
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What is the intention of the following Rigvedic verse to the Spirit

Rig Veda Book - 10 Hymn 58 is dedicated to Maanas which Griffith translates as Spirit. I am sharing the mantras here: 1 THY spirit, that went far away to Yama to Vivasvān's Son, We cause to ...
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Is there any hindu sect which does not believe in rebirth?

There are so many diverse practices and sects in Hinduism. Every kind of possible beliefs are available in one sect or another. This is conceptual richness of Hinduism. Now, every Hindu sect/...
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What is the difference between Swarga and Moksha? [duplicate]

What is the difference between Swarga and Moksha? Are they inter-related or the same thing? If not, when one reaches swarga, how does one attain Moksha because there is no scope to practice Dharma ...
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Who are the Ātivāhikas who guide the soul to heaven or hell?

The Sanskrit term Ātivāhika literally means ‘one who leads beyond’. This Hindupedia article mentions them as the deities or divine guides who lead the jīva to the next destination in its onward ...
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Is Chitragupt of Yamlok mentioned in any scriptures?

In many movies, there is a scene about Yama-Loka where Chitragupta records good and bad deeds of people who arrive there after death. My questions: Is there a scripture that describes this part ...
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What are the effects if rituals after death are not performed at all?

What are the effects If rituals after death are not performed at all or incorrectly performed? What effects to the person who has died? What effects to them who does not perform the rituals?
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Do subtle and causal bodies have sense organs like ears, eyes, etc..?

As per my understanding, after death if I go to hell then my subtle and causal bodies will suffer and not my Atma. Death causes the cessation of gross body or the Annamaya kosha and the Pranamaya ...
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What are some good books to read on life, death, afterlife, etc in Hinduism?

By good books, I am looking for an interpretation of scriptures that is accessible to a normal audience. Does anyone have any suggestions? PS: Please let me know if this is out-of-scope for ...
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What are the Hindu beliefs on life after death? [closed]

I'm a highschool student studying the 5 Major world religions and I myself am Catholic. However as apart of an assignment I have, I must interview and collate references from people of the practicing ...
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Where do the Vedas discuss Yagnas only bearing fruit in the afterlife?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Are there any proof of Moksha [duplicate]

Moksha is a concept, just like life after death & re-birth. We have various incidents where some child remembers things about previous life. Looking at these incidents we conclude that there may ...
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Rituals after death

Are the rituals like anta-yatra, agni sanskar, pindi- dan, tri-pindi shraddha and narayan nag bali mentioned specifically in pre manusmriti texts?
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Meditation, Eternity, Immortality and Asuras

It is said that if we medidate and remember GOD always, we will reach Vaikunth i.e. the abode of Lord Vishnu. We can become Eternal and Immortal. Basically we will live with the GODs. Does that mean ...
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Why don't we remember our punishments in Naraka(Hell)? [duplicate]

They say that we are living here on Earth where we are sent by God and are observed. If we do good deeds, we acquire punya. If we do bad deeds, we acquire paapa. After death, We are sent to Naraka(...
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Punishment for sins or rewards for good deeds in previous births, but how do we know?

I have heard that, normally, as we go on committing sins, we earn ourselves multiple births, sometimes as humans and other times as other living beings. But say someone is born as some being other ...
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Life after death

My question is related to this , As a Hindu I also believe in life after death and rebirth. My question is where will be our soul in between death and rebirth. Does it stay with the last life? I am ...
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How can anyone punished after death

I am asking this question because after death how can be yama punished the soul. Because no fire can burn the soul , and no water can wet the soul. So how can the yama punished the soul after death . ...
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Where are Heaven and Hell?

Although it might look a bit kiddish I am curious to know is there any description present in any of the Hindu scriptures that tells us about where the heaven and hell actually are. I have heard ...
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What is the Loka higher than Brahmaloka, where the Rathantara hymn is sung?

In the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, just like in the Shanti Parva, Bhishma gives advice to Yudishthira and concerning how to be a good king and how to be good person, while he is lying on a ...
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how to get rid of the sin I committed? [duplicate]

(What if) I realized I had committed a sin and now I fear after the outcome of it? I fear it will definitely bring sorrow at some point of my life/ in course of life cycles. How do I get relieved ...
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Where is Karna in the afterlife?

Karna as we know gave up his grace (his blessings, which he got from the donations and charity all his life) to lord Krishna during the final stages of his life, and only then did he become too weak ...
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Are new souls created? [duplicate]

According to Hinduism, Reincarnation (Rebirth) does occur, but it is somewhat related to Karma. Also, I felt that Human is ultimate species in Hinduism, so now the question arises that does god create ...
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What is the life cycle of a soul (atma) in Hinduism?

I am confused about the life cycle in Hinduism. What is the starting point of a soul? Yes, a soul exchanges bodies, but when does a soul take birth and how will fate be written to it (as it has no ...
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