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By Swami Harshananda

Yamaloka literally means ‘the world of Yama’.

Yamaloka as per Ṛgveda

The Ṛgveda[1] gives a brief description of Yamaloka or the world of Yama as a wonderful place full of peace. Yama lives there with his associates who praise him, to the accompaniment of music of the flute.

Yamaloka as per Purāṇas

According to the purāṇas, Yamaloka is a vast place surrounded by four iron forts, with four main gates. There is a majestic auditorium wherein many great kings of the past assemble.

Yamaloka, General Meaning

Yamaloka is referred as Naraka or hell. It exists in one part of this world.


  1. Ṛgveda 10.135.1 and 7
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore