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Why are Yama temples few in number?

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 ...
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Why did Asuras live on Earth & Devas did not?

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 ...
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How was Yama born and how did he become the king of Yamaloka?

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 ...
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What is the name of YamRaj's wife ? Why Yamraj is considered to be a demi god or Yaksha?

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 ...
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How Nachiketa got the Enlightenment by the lord Yamaraj?

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 ...
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Did prince Yudhishthira obtain boons from Yama for successful completion of Agyatvaas?

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 ,...
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Did prince Yudhishthira obtain boons from Yama for successful completion of Agyatvaas?

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 ...
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Which Purana talks about the incident of Lord Shiva saving The Sage Markandeya?

I found some answers though not exactly at the level of detail I was seeking. Turns out both Shiva Maha Purana and Srimad Bhagavata carry some reference to Lord Shiva offering blessings on The Divine ...
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Authenticity of Hanuman searching for Rama's ring and realizing the nature of time

As asked in this question, there is a similar story. It is found in Sri Parashara Samhita-Hanuman charitam. After the war with Ravana, lord hanuman once came to visit lord Rama. Lord Rama told Lord ...
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Authenticity of Hanuman searching for Rama's ring and realizing the nature of time

This story is printed by many newspaper and other media, I still couldn't find any source in Padma Purana yet. Instead as per the sources given at this URL , the story of termination of Shree Rama ...
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Which is the oldest scriptural reference for Diwali?

The oldest scriptural references that I could find after going through many books are from the Padma and Skanda Purans. Sharing the relevant excerpts below. According to the Uttar Khand of the Padma ...
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Which is the oldest scriptural reference for Diwali?

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 ...
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What scripture has the story of the death of Yama and the creation of the night?

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 ...
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What is the connection between Vidura from Mahabharata & Rishi Atri?

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 ...
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What is the relation of Surya & Yama with Agni?

I found the answer to the statement about Atharvan connection to agni (fire) but not the rest in Mahabharata Section CCXXI: "The powerful fire thus gratified with penance, blazed forth intensely....
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Source of the Yama Gayatri Mantra & Worship of Lord Yama in the scriptures

This particular Gayatri mantra of Lord Yama can be found in the Linga Purana. Quoting from the book "Essence of Linga Purana" (Chapter name - Varied Swarupas of Gayatri): Vainateyaaya ...
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Who is God of death - Shiva or Yama?

Shiva is supreme soul Paramatma, he never come into cycle of death or birth, so he is ever pure. ocian of love and ocian of knowledge ( thrimurthi thrikala darshi) Shiva is not god of death, when ...
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How is Aryama linked to the Pitrs, and how is his role different from Yama's?

aryaman means Sun. aryaman is singular in Accusative Case, and its plural in same Case is aryamAn. Aditi's children are the 12 names for Sun. Source: https://gaurav101.medium.com/aditi-and-the-%C4%...
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how did yamaraj sabha had 100 Dhritrashta , 100 Bhimas and 200 Bhishma?

There were other people with the name of Bhima in the clan of King Bharata that was not Pandava Bhima. https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01095.htm They were Dushmanta, Sura, Bhima, Pravasu, and ...
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What was the Self-enlightenment which was got by Nachiketa?

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 ...
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Why is it necessary to follow Nitya Karma and Niyama(rules)?

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....
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Why are Yama temples few in number?

Today's india is a fraction of what its spread was even a thousand years back. Yama was the main god in modern Afghanistan and Iran before islamisation. Till as late as 1890s, he was the main deity of ...
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Is Yami the twin sister of Yama?

Yami is none other than Devi Yamuna. 4-5. O sage, the sun begot three offsprings of her: the patriarch Manu Śrāddhadeva, Yama and Yamunā born as twins. 40-42. The lord is performing penance even ...
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