Yama is the son of Surya the sun god and his first wife Sanjana. As I discuss in this answer, Vishwakarma the divine architect married his daughter Sanjana to Surya, but she couldn't bear the brilliance of Surya's rays. So once when Sanjana was pregnant with Yama and his twin sister Yamuna, she closed her eyes upon the gaze of her husband, so angered by ...
Interesting question but let me clear one point first - NOT all Asuras live on earth, in fact the residence of most Asuras is the underworld. The Shatapatha Brahmana 1.2.4 tells us the reason why they do not live in the same place:
The gods and the Asuras, both of them sprung from Pragâpati,were contending for superiority. The gods vanquished the ...
Yama's wife is mentioned in various Puranas and in the Mahabharata. Now I do not know if Yama had one wife or multiple wives as each Purana ascribes a different name.
Mahabharata Udyoga Parva Ch 117 gives the name of Yama's wife as Urmila.
And the royal sage then sported with her, as Surya with Prabhavati,
Agni with Swaha, Vasava with Sachi, Chandra ...
This is due to a curse pronounced on Dharmaraja by a Brahmin, when Yama killed his son as a part of His (Yama's) duty. This is explained in Chapter 139 Greatness of Dharmarajeswara Book 6 Nagarakanda of Skanda Purana.
Formerly, there was a Brähmana hailing from the family of Kasyapa in
that holy spot. He was well-known as Upädhyäya. He was devoted to ...
The story is described in chapter 77 of the Markandeya Purana:
The daughter of Vishwakarman [the divine architect] was the wife of the sun, by name Sajna who begat on her a son, by name Manu, who, illustrious as he was, was equally a master of various branches of learning. He was the son of Vivaswat and was therefore called Vaivaswata. As soon as she was ...
The story of Ravana defeating Lord Yama is described in Chapter 22 of Uttara Kanda of Ramayana. The same story in Sanskrit with English Translation can be found on Indianscriptures website.
After Lord Brahma granted boons to Ravana, Ravana began to harass humans and kings. Sage Narada suggested Ravana to invade Devas rather than human Kings to show his ...
Yes they are twins. Their mother is Sanjna and father is Surya.
A tale explains their name are as:
Sanjna was unable to bear her husband, the sun's heat and light and
closed her eyes in his presence. Surya felt insulted and said that her
son will be known as Yama ("restraint"), due to the restraint she
showed. Thereafter, Sanjna tried her best to ...
Did prince Yudhishthira obtain boons from yama for successful completion of-agyatvas ?
Yes , Yama the Lord of justice granted boons to Yudhisthira ,when he came to test his merits in Dvaita forest , when they were spending their 12 years of exile and the that 12 year period was about to finish and the one year period of unrecognition was about to start.
Why he had to visit Yamaloka is mentioned at the start of Kathopanishad itself. It was actually due to his father.
Quoting from this page:
Vahasrava, being desirous of heavenly rewards (at the Viswajit
sacrifice), made a gift of all that he possessed. He had a son by the
name of Nachiketas.
II. When the offerings were being distributed, faith (...
The oldest spiritual reference of Diwali is Vamana avatar according to Dashavatar book(Ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu).
When king Bali had defeated by the Lord Vamana. Later lord Vamana sent the Bali to the Hartal folk(पाताल लोक). Then all people who were scared by Bali, They celebrated like the festival and lit the lots of lamps.
Then new fresh reference is ...
The story is described in Kanda 1, Prapathaka 5, Anuvaka 12 of the Maitrayani Samhita of the Yajur Veda
yamo vā amriyata te devā yamyā yamam apābruvaṃs tāṃ yad apṛchant sābravīd adyāmṛteti te 'bruvan na vā iyam imam itthaṃ mṛṣyate rātrīṃ sṛjāmahā ity ahar vāva tarhy āsīn na rātris te devā rātrim asṛjanta tataḥ śvastanam abhavat
Yama and Yami ("the twin&...
Brahma's story is different than Yamadeva. Shiva banned worship of Brahma so many people accepted it.
Any number of temples are based on the the way how much the deity is favorite of how many people?
If people are more, more temples, if less, less temples.
In Hinduism most deity has some territory in India, like Ganesha is widely worshiped in Gujarat ...
Matsya Purana Chapter 11 narrates slightly a different story regarding how he became king of Yamaloka.
After getting cursed by Chaya, disguised as Sanjana, Yama develops detachment in his mind and did Tapas for Lord Shiva 20,000 years. Lord Shiva grants him the boon to become Lokapaala and powers to judge Dharma and Adharma.
Chäyä loved her son Manu much ...
This seems translation issue. Instead of saying son of Surya, it says son of Atri.
In SanskritDocuments, I found two equivalent Sanskrit Shlokas for this:
dharmAttu sumahAbhAgaM putraM putravatAM varam .
viduraM viddhi taM loke jAtaM buddhimatAM varam .. ~ sanskritdocuments 1
For this Sanskrit Shloka, there is no need to mention Atri in the ...
A Brahmana approached Yudhishthira in Dwaitavana forest, and requested for his help in retrieving his fire sticks and churning-staff required for conducting the Agnihotra,which were carried away by a fleeting deer:-
And approaching without loss of time Ajatasatru seated in that forest with his brothers, the Brahmana, in great distress, spake these words, '...
Go through Yudhisthira’s definition of self-realization.
Yudhisthira on Emancipation
There are two well-known paths (for us), viz, the path of the Pitris
and the path of the gods. They that perform sacrifices go by the
Pitri-path, while they that are for salvation, go by the god-path. By
penances, by Brahmacharya, by study (of the Vedas), the great ...
We all are pleasure seeking entities. We want happiness. Without following rules(Niyama) and Regulations(Nitya Karma) there cannot be any real happiness in life. This is confirmed in Bhagvad-Geeta(3.10).
In the beginning of creation, the Lord of all creatures sent forth
generations of men and demigods, along with sacriﬁces for Viṣṇu, and
blessed them ...
Both Yama and Shani have different works to do. Yama judges our karmas, while Shani counts them. Each intake and outtake of air inside our body is considered to count Ayu of a living creature, and this counting is done by Shani mahadev.
I heard this from an episode published in TTD channel (but I don't remember when).
Shani has two sons who will take care ...