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This is primarily a Sanskrit word. It means the underworld. The concept is present in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. The concept has basically come from the Vedas. The Vedas clearly mention that the naraka is the place where the souls are sent to get rid of the sins that they have done during their life time.

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Is there any scriptural basis for the belief that heaven and hell are not physical places but merely states of mind?

I often hear many people claiming that heaven and hell are not actual physical places in hinduism but merely states of mind. Does this belief have any scriptural support?
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Eternal Hell in regards to Mahabharta

According to this verse in Mahabharta, there is an eternal hell "Yudhishthira answered,--'He that summoneth a poor Brahmana promising to make him a gift and then tells him that he hath nothing to ...
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Question regarding eternal kakola narak from which no escape is possible

TIL there is a naraka called Kakola Narak from which one cannot escape by reincarnating. I read on several sources that there is a narak called Kakola Narak (black poison) after reaching which the ...
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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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Can a person do bhakti of god in Narak (or Swarg)?

Suppose a person goes to Narark after death , can he do Bhakti of god there ? And Can he do bhakti of god in Swarg lok ?
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Do 'Tamasa' Puranas ask its readers to practice Adharma?

We are aware that practice of adharma leads to sin, paapa and one will have to reap the fruits of paapa in hell, naraka. The Padma Purana says: सात्त्विका मोक्षदाः प्रोक्ताः राजसा सर्वदा अशुभाः । ...
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What is the origin of the Ruru (serpents)?

They appear in Naraka though they definitely are not confined there. What is their origin story 📖?
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How to save oneself from hell?

How can one save oneself from going to hell ? What are the ways from which one can save himself from hell ?
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How much maximum time one has to spend in hell?

How much maximum time one has to spend in hell ?
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Is there any scripture or purana which gives description of hell named Put

It is mentioned in Garuda Purana that if one doesn't begets a couple does not begets a son in their lifetime and the line is broken, they have to spend a certain time in a hell named Put. However I am ...
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How has Hell been described in the Vedas and Upanishads?

How has Hell been described in the Vedas and Upanishads? Whether Hell has mental torture or physical torture?
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If I broke a promise that I made to Bhagwan - specifying the consequence of me breaking it, what can be done? [duplicate]

I made a promise to Bhagwan that I would not effuse semen for a month, and if I did, I asked Him to throw me in naraka or make me go through animal reincarnation (8.4 million times). I broke it. Also, ...
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What are the Scriptural definitions of Narakam?

Most of the people think Naraka as a loka. Although it is true, it is not a complete truth. The word Naraka can have different meanings. Loka in which sinners dwell and experience punishments is a ...
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Are all worlds and existences except God temporary in Hinduism?

From what I can gather, the Vedas and Upanishads and Hinduism in general state that punishment via hell or rebirth in a bad state of life, and Heaven or rebirth in a good state are always temporary as ...
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What is the punishment in hell for destroying the statues of gods in temples? [duplicate]

What is the punishment in hell for destroying the statues of gods in temples? In Sri Vaishnavism, Brahman makes himself accessible to humans in 5 forms: Para, Vyuha, Vibhava, Archa, and Antaryami. ...
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What is the rationale behind the statement that all kings have to spend at least some time in hell?

In Svargarohanika Parva after Yudhishtra had experienced hell, Lord of Dharma gave the following reason Without doubt, all kings, O son, must once behold Hell. Hence hast thou for a little while ...
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Swarga / Narak ( on domestic animals) [duplicate]

Famous religious orator Devkinandan Thakur Ji Maharaj has spoken that if we keep domestic animals like DOGS, CAT AND PIGS in our house we will go to Narak. And whatever religious things we do will ...
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What is the punishment in hell for women who commit adultery?

For example, Brahmanas who drink liquor will have molten lead poured down their throat in hell, men who commit adultery will be forced to embrace a burning hot, iron image of a woman, those who eat ...
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According to Vedas, which people will go to Hell?

Do the Vedas say about hell and the actions that lead to hell ?
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Narakasura story through various Vishnu avatars

Narakasura is the son of Vishnu (varaha avatar) and Bhoodevi. He is mentioned only in Krishna avatar. So what happens in between? Was he quietly ruling all through the other avatars of Vishnu? Does ...
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How is punishment and enjoyment possible in hell and heaven without body?

How does a soul enjoy the fruits of his deeds in heaven without a mortal body???
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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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Multiple Narakasura's in scriptures

Every Tretha yuga contains Rama and Ravana. Similarly every Dwapara yuga has Krishna. Is there any mention of multiple Narakasura across different mahayugas?
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What happens to the soul of a person who died unnaturally in an accident?

If a religious, generous, kind-hearted person dies unnaturally in an accident what happens to its soul? The person had done great works in his life of 46 years and on the second hand, he was a ...
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What is the scriptural basis for eternal hell as Madhvas believes?

Madhva doctrine believes in eternal hellish life for some souls. If I am not wrong, they believe in creation and destruction of this worlds. Then, What exactly is 'eternal' here? What is scriptural ...
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Permanent hell in Hinduism

The answers to this question point out that Hinduism does not have any permanent hell. But from the following excerpt from Vana Parva of Mahabharata, a permanent hell exists: The Yaksha asked,--'O ...
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Are punishments mentioned in Garuda Purana real or just myths to create fear in humans? [closed]

There are 28 types of punishments mentioned in the Garuda Purana. If seen in detail, they are all cruel. Hope these are told because human beings will not do any bad things during their lifetime. In ...
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Time and Hinduism

It is said that one day of Lord Brahma is so many years in earth and when he goes to sleep earth will get destroyed. To my knowledge, There are worlds(we are living in earth) Devas and Gods will live ...
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Is there any permenant hell in Hinduism?

Consider the following excerpt from Mahabaratha "Then Shakra, the lord of the deities, endued with blazing prosperity, addressed Yudhishthira and comforting him, said, ‘O Yudhishthira of mighty ...
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Why can't we enter heaven with our physical body?

Why can't we enter the heaven with our physical body? However if some of the sages have entered, who are all? please list them. If we can't enter with the human body in the hell then so punishment ...
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Are religions (generally) inducing fear in humans in the name of hell to make them believe in God? [closed]

There are different kinds of pleasures and pains both physical and mental pain and there are also various tastes like sweet, sour, hot etc., Some like sweet and some are allergic to sweet (which may ...
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Which scripture has the story of the prostitute and the Sannyasi?

They lived across from each other and the Sannyasi would throw a pebble into a pile for each time somebody visited her. Soon the pebbles became a small hill and he would tell her "look at the ...
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Death of persons by God

There are many stories about Hindu gods killing bad persons(Asuras). When they are killed, do the bad persons feel pain? Or do they just vanish from the universe? What will happen to them after ...
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Is there a punishment in hell for people who are converted to other religions?

I want to know if there are punishments after the death of a person who have converted from Hindu to some other religion (on his own decision may be) having any punishments are waiting on the hell? ...
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Who's going to hell? [duplicate]

As per my knowledge, according to the concepts of Karma if you be bad (sinful) in your life you'll be reincarnated or if you be good you'll be going to heaven. So bad men will undergo rebirth, then ...
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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 is Punnama Naraka? How souls will be liberated from that Naraka?

Heard of the Naraka called Punnama. Is there any description of how the Naraka will look like? How the soul in that Naraka can be liberated? What are the ways to avoid that Naraka?
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Is mukthi possible from world's other than bhuloka(ie. From swarga and naraka)

In bhuloka, it is possible to achieve mukthi by doing several Sadhana. When we go to naraka or swarga, our sukshma Sarira(subtle body) will be there only sthoola Sarira(Gross body) is dropped during ...
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Is stay in any of the narakas eternal?

If child is not born even after several years of trying in marriage....is there anyway to escape from punnama hell? says stay in naraka for childless is eternal or at least till pralaya. Which ...
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Expiation for illicit sex

This answer clarifies that the men or women who participates in illicit sex is considered as sinner and undergoes punishment in Taptasurmi naraka. My doubt is whether the multiplicity of illicit sex ...
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Who was the god of death before yama?

Yama is a post created for specific jeevatamans to take charge of Judgement of Jeevatmas and their karma in Bhuloka/Mrityuloka. Before Yama or Dharmaraja who was the king of Yamaloka ? Also, in which ...
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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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What are levels (types) of Narakas?

Our scriptures describe about 28 types of Narakas, what are they and what are there levels? Here with levels I want clarification on which Naraka is considered bad to worst in punishments?
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Conflict between Bhagwad Gita & Garuda Puran regarding the Atma/Soul

In Bhagwad gita, Lord Shri Krishna said that Our soul/spirit is so small even smallar then the size of an atom. We cannot see, harm, or kill it and it is immortal. But Garuda Purana explains ...
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What is Yamlokam? How is it different from Naraka?

Before this suggested edit was rejected I had the impression that Yamalokam is Naraka(the hell). And I was told in the chat that Yamlokam is not the hell. So I am really curious. What is Yamlokam? How ...
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