So, even if the soldiers might have adjudicated the punishment for the Rishi, the credit or responsibility shall fall onto the King only.
Now, logically extend it one step further. In above sentence, replace soldiers with King, and King with Yama.
Even if the King might have adjudicated the punishment for the Rishi, the credit or responsibility ...
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. But on beholding the Rishi (Atharvan), he again sought his watery refuse. At this extinction of the fire, the whole world was frightened, and sought the ...
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 Avatara in Padma Purana is different.
Taking a hint from Shri Rama, Vibishana, Sugriva, Jambavan, Hanuman,
Neela, Nala, Sushena and Nishada Raja Guha arrived. ...
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 the people of kafiristan in northern Afghanistan. The Persian Zoroastrian religion is partly based on Yama Raja religion.