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

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 ...
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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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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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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 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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Is Yami the twin sister of Yama?

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

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 ...
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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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What is the story of Yama fighting with Ravana?

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 ...
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Mandavya Rishi, the King and Yamaraja Curse

So, even if the soldiers might have adjudicated the punishment for the Rishi, the credit or responsibility shall fall onto the King only. Correct. Now, logically extend it one step further. In above ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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What is the name of YamRaj's wife ? Why Yamraj is considered to be a demi god or Yaksha?

Namaste Lord Yamadharma raj wife's name is Shyamala (Garuda Purana)
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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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Did Yama and Shani ever confront each other?

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 ...
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