Questions tagged [yama]

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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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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Is Yami the twin sister of Yama?

I want to know more about Yami. Is it believed that there was a twin sister of Yama named Yami?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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?