Lord Yama is the God of death in Hindu dharma, king of descendants, and final judge on the terminus of souls. He is also known as the ‘Restrainer’, Pretaraja or ‘King of Ghosts’ and as Daksinasapati is considered the regent of the Southern part of India. He may also be called simply as ‘Death’ Mrityu. Due to his responsibility for good decision-making based on records of a person’s actions in his life, he is also known as Dharmaraja or ‘The King of Justice’.
Lord Yam Family
Yama is the son of the sun god, and is brother to ‘Manu’ and twin sisters Yama and Yami. Yama and Yami are, in some myths, the first humans and creators of the human race but in other versions Yama is the first human to die and so the first to pass into the next world. Yama is considered the father of Yudhisthira, one of the five Pandu princes. His wives are Hemamala, Vijaya, and Susila.
On “Yama Dwetheeya” which falls on the second day after the Deepavali festival, a visit to the Lord Yama temple attains lot of importance among devotees. It is believed that people who offer prayers at the Lord Yama temple on Yama Dwetheeya would not go to ‘hell’ after their death.
Sri Laxminarasimha Swamy Devasthanam in Dharmapuri of Jagtial district is boasted as the only temple for Lord Yam.
The devotees who visit the Dharmapuri temple shrine first offer prayers to the Lord Yama at his temple before offering prayers to other deities. The devotees pour oil in the “Yamaganda deepam” to get rid of their sorrows and sufferings.