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Yama Dharmaraja (Sanskrit: यम) is the Lord of Justice and is sometimes referred to as Dharmaraja in reference to his unswerving dedication to maintaining order and adherence to harmony. Sometimes refered as the Lord of Death, it is said that he is also one of the wisest of the devas. Yama's name can be interpreted to mean "twin", and in some accounts he is paired with a twin sister Yamī.

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Source of the Yama Gayatri Mantra & Worship of Lord Yama in the scriptures

Does anyone know the source of the below Mantra: Om Vaivasvadhaya Vidhmahe Dhanda Hastaya Dheemahi Tanno Yama Prachodayat Recording can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCDcJYcUNaw
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What does Yama Smriti say about a person who survived a suicide attempt? How is she/he spiritually affected?

I have been curious to know about how the person is affected spiritually and what are the consequences of surviving a suicide attempt? I read online that the survivor of suicide is fined 200 panas, ...
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Do all devatas work under Vishnu?

Since Vishnu is operator (sanchalak) of the universe. Do all devatas work under Vishnu ? Does Yama also work under Vishnu ?
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Was Agni god of death before Yama?

Yama is son of Surya . Who was god of death before Yama ? Was the post held by Agni , I had read about it somewhere that Agni was god of death before Yama. When was Yama born ?
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Are there more dialogues between God and man like in bhagvad geeta between Krishna and Arjuna?

I have heard of another dialogue between God Yama and Nachiketa. Are there few similar dialogues between God and man/woman? How could we approach god for such debates like Nachiketa or Arjuna or ...
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Which gods are more powerful than Yama?

Yama is considered as the one of the most powerful person in the universe. No can win with him. Which people are more powerful than him ? Shiva obviously should be more powerful than him . I think ...
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Who is God of death - Shiva or Yama?

Who is God of death - Yama or Shiva ?
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Yama's worship mantra

As per Skanda Purana, Yama was cursed by a Brahmana known as Upādhyāya after his son's death that he'll not be worshipped. Later this curse was reduced that he'll be worshipped with non-vedic mantra. ...
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Do attendants of yama mistakenly kill wrong people due to the confusion in names?

When I read Mahabharatha in Telugu, I came across a conversation between Uma and Siva. In the conversation, Siva says that sometimes the attendants of Yama take the wrong jiva to hell mistakenly. It ...
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Did Shiva kill Yama? If so, then who does the work of Yama now?

The wrathful Yama assumed a fearsome form and threw his noose to capture Markandeya, who hugged the linga tightly. When the noose touched the linga, Shiva emerged from it in all his wrath and struck ...
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What is the relationship between Agni and Yama?

Agni - God of Fire Yama - God of Death. What is the relationship between them?
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What is the difference between the role of Lord Shani and Lord Yama?

We know from various scriptures that Lord Yamaraja gives us the results of our karma (either good or bad) when we die. But at the same time, it is said that Lord Shani is 'Karmafala Daata' and gives ...
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Scriptural reference for dead humans turning into Yamadūtas?

I heard that sometimes the dead can turn into Yamadūta. Is there any scriptural support for this belief? https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/yamaduta
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Meaning of chitraguptha and its corresponding entity in Jiva

Chitragupta, according to widely known belief, is a god who stays near Yama and records all the karma of an individual. The actual meaning of Yama, according to a dictionary is The one who decides ...
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How is Shani elder brother of Yama?

In this Shani Mantra, Shani is called as Yamagraja (elder brother of Yama): Nilanjana Samabhasam Ravi Putram Yamagrajam Chaya Martanda Sambhutam Tam Namami Shanescharam But as far as Visnu Purana ...
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Mandavya Rishi, the King and Yamaraja Curse

As per the Adi Parva of Mahabharata, Chapter 106 & 107, the story of Mandavya Rishi is narrated. In short, he was given a punishment by the soldiers of a (KING ?) , and thus made to sit on a ...
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How can Yuddhistirha be son of Yamraj ji if Yamraj Ji himself incarnated as Vidura [duplicate]

I have recently learned that Vidura Ji is the incarnation of Yamraj ji because of the curse given by Rishi Mandavya. But it is known that Pandu and Kunti ask Yamraj ji for a son (Yuddhistira).So I am ...
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How is Aryama linked to the Pitrs, and how is his role different from Yama's?

It is said that the Vedic god Aryama, the son of Aditi, is the foremost among the Pitrs or manes. This has also been stated by Lord Vasudeva in the 10th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita: अनन्तश्चास्मि ना...
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how did yamaraj sabha had 100 Dhritrashta , 100 Bhimas and 200 Bhishma?

From Mahabharata, Sabha Parva - "a hundred kings of the name of Dhritarashtra, eighty kings of the name of Janamejaya; a hundred monarchs called Brahmadatta, and a hundred kings of the name of ...
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Authenticity of Hanuman searching for Rama's ring and realizing the nature of time

There is a story over the internet and the story goes like this When the time came for the departure of Rama, Yama says to Rama that he cannot able to come to earth because of the presence of Hanuman....
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How did Nachiketa travel to Yamaloka?

Is there is any descriptions about how Nachiketa's journey to YamaLoka in Upanishad or in Purana's. Descriptions like how many day's he took to reach YamaLoka would be appreciated.
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Which Purana talks about the incident of Lord Shiva saving The Sage Markandeya?

There is this popular story that Sage Markandeya was saved from death by Lord Shiva. Does any one know the source of this account? In which Purana is this described? As far as I know there is no ...
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Does Yama, the son of Sun god is the first human died?

This link tells that According to the Vedas, Yama is said to have been the first mortal who died. Which scriptures from Vedas mentions the same?
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What was the Self-enlightenment which was got by Nachiketa?

When Nachiketa had gone into the Yamaloka at that time he got the self-enlightenment. How Nachiketa got the Enlightenment by the lord Yamaraj? Here, I got some point about Self-enlightenment. But, ...
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In which Kalpa did Markendya's story take place?

We had read about the sage Markendaya story where Lord Shiva saves the 16-year old boy from Yama and blessed him with immortality. Do we have any reference to which Kalpa, Mahayuga, Manvantra it ...
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What is the connection between Vidura from Mahabharata & Rishi Atri?

Mahabharat Sambhava Parva mentions the following about Vidura: O king, thou shouldst know that he who was known on earth as Vidura, who was the first of all virtuous men, who was the god of Justice ...
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Did prince Yudhishthira obtain boons from Yama for successful completion of Agyatvaas?

When it was time for the Pandavas to pass the period of unrecognition(Agyatvaas) during the thirteenth year of exile(in king Virata’s kingdom), they chose their names and disguised identities, with ...
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What is the purpose of sending a soul to Svarga or Narka?

What is the purpose of sending a soul to Svarga or Narka? if ultimately it has to return back to Earth to get over whatever Karma it did in the previous lives. Link from Wikipedia here says: Yama ...
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How Nachiketa got the Enlightenment by the lord Yamaraj?

I hear this thing many times. Also, have another question how Nachiketa reached to Yama Lok and met with the Yamaraj?
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What is the relation of Surya & Yama with Agni?

Rig Veda Book 10, Hymn 21 is dedicated to Agni and mentions the following: 4 O Agni, what thou deemest wealth, Victorious and Immortal One! Bring thou to give us vigour,—at your glad carouse -...
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Which is the oldest scriptural reference for Diwali?

The festival of Diwali is associated with many legends: The first day of Dhan Trayodashi is the day when Goddess Lakshmi appeared from the Samudra Manthan. Next comes Narak Chaturdashi is when ...
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What scripture has the story of the death of Yama and the creation of the night?

I have read a story in blog of Yama dying and entering the afterlife where he becomes the lord of the dead and Yami mourning over him. The gods try to pacify her but she says "Yama died today!" So ...
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Why is it necessary to follow Nitya Karma and Niyama(rules)?

It is personal to follow dharma. But still there are necessary to follow some rules like nitya krama and niyama. Why is it necessary to follow Nitya Karma and Niyama(rules)? Also practically how many ...
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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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What is the story of Yama fighting with Ravana?

What is the story of Lord Yama and devil Ravana's fighting.
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What is the name of YamRaj's wife ? Why Yamraj is considered to be a demi god or Yaksha?

Yamraj is regarded as the God of Death? He is the son of SUN and brother of Shani DEV. To whom was he married? Yami or Yamuna is considered to be her sister.
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Why did Asuras live on Earth & Devas did not?

If GODS (Indra, Varuna, Yama, Kubera) lived in heaven, how come asuras lived on earth? I understand that Vishnu and Shiva assumed different forms and came down to earth. But then, shouldn't asuras ...
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Why are Yama temples few in number?

After browsing this question on Brahma temples. I was wondering why even Yama temples are very few in the world. Yama is the god that determines whether a person(soul) is sent to Swarga lok (Heaven) ...
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How was Yama born and how did he become the king of Yamaloka?

I've heard a lot about Yama who carries dead persons from Earth to Yamaloka in his vehicle, a buffalo. My question is, how was Yama born and how did he become the king of Yamaloka?
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Did Yama and Shani ever confront each other?

As Yama and Shani are brothers and even have similar kind of work (to judge our karmas), did they ever confront each other while performing their duties? Is any such event explained in our scriptures?
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Is Yami the twin sister of Yama?

I want to know more about Yami. It is believed that there was a twin sister of Yama named Yami.
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