The universal formation is made to maintain balance of the world. The set of other planets are illusions for us, we are not meant to visit these places. We took birth on this Mrityulok due to our past deeds. Good deeds of billions of years made it possible for us to be born as human beings. Remember there are more than 8.4 million of Yonis that we crossed (some take re-births in the same yoni multiple times to fulfill the conditions that arose from the Prarabdh) before attaining human form. Our world is created to give us some experiences of heaven, hell and divine beings in slightest manner so that we are already aware how the sinners will be treated in hell or how pious beings are regarded in heaven. We are made aware so that we do not commit sins.
Sinners who have committed more than one of the sins listed below would be sent to the hells designed for such sins. Once the punishment period for a particular sin ends, the other begins. Some of these Naraks (Hells) have different punishments for the same sins. In the case of Adultery, sinners go through all the levels of Narakas intended for the sin of Adultery.
There are 400,000 types of hell. No one dies in most of the hells, they remain alive to feel the immense pain they are tortured for. In few of the other hells, if they die, they are again made alive to punish, it is repeated, till they complete the punishment period.
Garuda Purana Punishments and Earthly Life
- 1 Garuda Purana Punishments and Earthly Life
- 1.1 This Life is Precious, Lead it Like a Vedic Human
- 1.2 Garuda Purana: The anti-Vedic Acts are Signs of Sins
- 1.3 Garud Puran: Major types of Narakas (hells) and Punishments
- 1.4 Garuda Purana: Some of the punishment methods represented in Graphical manner
- 1.5 Pious Karma: Who Can Escape the Wrath of Hell
This Life is Precious, Lead it Like a Vedic Human
People who follow anti-Vedic rituals through out their life take birth again and again in anti-Vedic cults, they undergo same set of punishments in different hells as per Garuda Purana. And it becomes difficult for such persons to come out of this vicious circle.
Their reservation in the punishment cells of hell is further attested with the anti-Vedic acts they follow prescribed in manmade cults they are born. The punishment tricks of Garuda Purana are copied by several new cults like islam and christian in their books, however islam abused it to the extreme extent embezzling it as a tool to provoke muslims to kill non-muslims or else undergo punishments in hell. It shows how illiterate people when form a cult on selective teachings of Sanatan Dharma actually create followers who believe in anti-Human disservices. It further asserts that manmade islam is adharm and a death cult. Thus even after taking birth in Vedic dharma, if a person behaves in anti-Vedic ways he/she will be thrown into a vicious cycle of manmade cults and the revocation from this cycle is only possible if he/she follows Vedic path which becomes almost impossible as these cults do not prescribe to human values of Vedas. There will be thousands of manmade anti-Vedic cults like islam and christian which will come and diminish till the end of Kaliyug.
We are fortunate to be born as Sanatan Dharmis as we are taught loving, protecting and respecting nature, animals and humans (only those who showcase humanly behavior). While anti-Vedic cults are based on single thought of protecting and loving only their cult members while killing animals, destroying nature and other humans who co-exist with them. This type of thought is sureshot key to enter the hell as per Garuda Purana. So do not take this golden opportunity of birth in Hinduism for granted and follow Vedic rules of life.
Garuda Purana: The anti-Vedic Acts are Signs of Sins
The conversation between Bhagwan Vishnu and Garuda gives information about acts that lead to sins and later torturous treatment in hell or next birth. It should be noted here that Brahmin is not the caste but the person who has Vedic knowledge, is most learned man among his people. The person who is responsible to lead by example so that the society follow his pious teachings else such person is punished most for his misdeeds. Common people follow the learned men and if they commit blunders and sins then entire society is ruined.
1. Garuḍa said: Tell me, O Keśava, by what sins particular signs are produced, and to what sorts of birth such sins lead?
2. The Bhagwan said: The sins on account of which the sinful returning from hell come to particular births, and the signs produced by particular sins, hear these from me;
3. The murderer of a Brāhmaṇ becomes consumptive, the killer of a cow becomes hump-backed and imbecile, the murderer of a virgin becomes leprous – all three born as lepers (disavowed by people).
4. The slayer of a woman and the destroyer of embryos becomes a savage full of diseases; who commits illicit intercourse, a eunuch; who goes with his teacher’s wife, diseased-skinned.
5. The eater of flesh becomes very red; the drinker of intoxicants, one with discolored teeth; the Brāhmaṇ who, on account of greed, eats what should not be eaten, becomes big-bellied.
6. He who eats sweet foods, without giving to others, becomes swollen-necked; who gives impure food at a Śrāddha ceremony is born a spotted leper.
7. The man who, through pride, insults his teacher, becomes an epileptic; who despises the Vedas and the Śāstras certainly becomes jaundiced.
8. Who bears false witness becomes dumb; who breaks the meal-row becomes one-eyed; who interferes with marriage becomes lipless; who steals a book is born blind.
9. Who strikes a cow or a Brāhmaṇ with his foot is born lame and deformed; who speaks lies becomes a stammerer, and who listens to them becomes deaf.
10. A poisoner becomes insane; an incendiary becomes bald; who sells flesh becomes unlucky; who eats flesh of other beings becomes diseased.
11. Who steals jewels is born as a wretched; who steals gold gets diseased nails; who steals any metal becomes poverty-stricken.
12. Who steals food becomes a rat; who steals grain becomes a locust; who steals water becomes a Chātaka-bird; and who steals poison, a scorpion.
13. Who steals vegetables and leaves becomes a peacock, perfumes; a musk-rat, honey; a gad-fly, flesh;a vulture and salt; an ant.
14. Who steals betel, fruits and flowers becomes a forest-monkey; who steal shoes, grass and cotton are born from sheep wombs.
15. Who lives by violence, who robs caravans on the road, and who is fond of hunting, certainly becomes a goat in a butcher’s house.
16. Who dies by drinking poison becomes a black serpent on a mountain; whose feature is unrestrained becomes an elephant in a desolate forest.
17. Those twice-born who do not make offering to the World-deities, and who eat all foods without consideration, become tigers in a desolate forest.
18. The Brāhmiṇ who does not recite the Gāyatrī, who does not meditate at twilight, who is inwardly wicked while outwardly pious, becomes a crane.
19. The Brāhmiṇ who officiates for one unfit to perform Yagna becomes a village hog, and by too many Yagnas he becomes an ass; by eating without grace, a crow. (Yagna should be performed following proper Vedic rites)
20. The twice-born who does not impart learning to the deserving becomes a bull; the pupil who does not serve his teacher becomes an animal; an ass or a cow.
21. Who threatens and spits at his teacher, or browbeats a Brāhmaṇ, is born as a Brāhmiṇ-fiend in a waterless wilderness.
22. Who does not give to a twice-born according to his promise becomes a jackal; who is not hospitable to the goody becomes a howling Fire-face.
23. Who deceives a friend becomes a mountain-vulture; who cheats in selling, an owl; who speaks ill spreading caste and order is born a pigeon in a wood.
24. Who destroys hopes and who destroys affection, who through dislike abandons his wife, becomes a ruddy goose for a long time. (Buddhists of Kaliyug therefore respect goose for obvious reason and build goose pagodas)
25. Who hates mother, father and teacher, who quarrels with sister and brother, is destroyed when and as an embryo in the womb, even for a thousand births.
26. The woman who abuses her mother-in-law and father-in-law, and causes constant quarrels; becomes a leech; and she who scolds her husband becomes a louse.
27. Who, abandoning her own husband, runs after another man, becomes a flying-fox, a house-lizard, or a kind of female serpent. (Crawling on the ground or walls without hands or legs or both is tiresome and painful)
28. He who cuts off his lineage, by embracing a woman of his own family, having become a hyena and a porcupine, is born from the womb of a bear.
30. Who covets his teacher’s wife, becomes a chameleon; who goes with the king’s wife becomes corrupt; and with his friend’s wife, a donkey.
31. Who commits unnatural vice becomes a village pig; who consorts with a filthy woman becomes bull; who is passionate becomes a lustful horse.
32. Who feeds upon the eleventh-day offerings to the dead is born a dog. The devalaka is born from the womb of a hen.
33. The wretch among twice-born who worships the deities for the sake of wealth is called a devalaka and is unfit to offer oblations to ale deities and forefathers.
34. Those who are very sinful, having passed through dreadful hells produced by their great sins, are born here upon the exhaustion of their karma.
35. The murderer of a Brāhmaṇ goes into the womb of an ass, a camel and a she-buffalo; a drinker of intoxicants enters the wombs of a wolf, a dog and a jackal.
36. The thief of gold attains the condition of a worm, an insect and a bird. Who goes with his teacher’s wife, goes to the condition of grass, bushes and plants.
37. Who steals another’s wife, who misappropriates deposits, who robs a Brāhmiṇ, is born as a Brāhmiṇ-fiend.
38. The Brāhmiṇ’s possessions acquired by deception, enjoyed even in friendship, afflict the family even for seven generations, and by forcible robbery even as long as the moon and stars exist.
39. A man may digest even iron filings, powdered stone, and poison; but where is the person in the three worlds who can digest a Brāhmiṇ’s wealth!
40. Chariots and troops supported by the wealth of a Brāhmiṇ crumble away in battle like artificial river-banks of sand.
41. By appropriating temple property, by taking a Brāhmiṇ’s possessions, and by neglecting Brāhmiṇs, families become broken up.
42. He is called a neglector who, instead of making a gift to one who is well-read in the Vedas and Śāstras and has resorted to him, gives it to some other,
43. But it is no neglect if the Brāhmiṇ is without Veda-knowledge; it would be like offering to ashes instead of to the blazing fire near by.
44. Having neglected, O Tārkṣya, and having experienced the results in the successive hells, he is born blind and in poverty, becoming not a giver but a beggar.
45. Who takes away a plot of land, which was given by himself for another, is born for sixty thousand years as a worm in excrement.
46. The sinner who takes back by force what has been given by himself, goes into hell until the coming of the deluge.
47. Having given the means of subsistence and a piece of land, he should then protect it firmly. Who does not protect, but robs, is born as a lame dog.
48. Who gives the means of support to Brāhmiṇs obtains fruit equal to that of a lakh of cows; who robs Brāhmiṇs of their means of support becomes an ape, a dog and a monkey.
49. These and other signs and births, O Bhagwan of Birds, are seen to be the karma of the embodied, made by themselves in this world.
50. Thus the makers of bad karma, having experienced the tortures of hell, are born with the residues of their sins, in these stated forms.
51. Then, obtaining for thousands of lives the bodies of animals, they suffer from carrying burdens and other miseries.
52. Having experienced as a bird the misery of cold, rain and heat, he afterwards reaches the human state, when the good and evil are balanced.
53. Man and woman having come together, he becomes an embryo in due course. Having suffered the miseries from conception onwards to death, he again dies.
54. Birth and death are the lot of all embodied beings; thus turns the wheel in the four kingdoms of beings.
55. As the wheel of time turns, so mortals revolve by my influence based on their deeds. They revolve at one time of earth, at another in hell, held fast by the noose of karma.
56. He who does not make gifts becomes poverty-stricken and through poverty he commits sin; by the force of sin he goes to hell, and is again born in poverty and again becomes sinful.
As discussed above, the Garuda Purana is one of the Vishnu Puranas. It is in the form of a dialog between Vishnu and Garuda, the King of Birds. The second section of this Purana deals with issues connected with death, particularly funeral rites and the metaphysics of reincarnation. Portions of the Garuda Purana are used by some Hindus as funeral liturgy. Indeed, some consider it unlucky to read this text except during funerals.
Garud Puran: Major types of Narakas (hells) and Punishments
You do not Rob Other’s Wealth or Else face Tamisram
(1) Tamisram (Heavy flogging) – Those who rob others of their wealth are bound with ropes by Yama’s Servants and cast into the Naraka known as Tamisram. There, they are given a thrashing until they bleed and faint. When they recover their senses, the beating is repeated. This is done until their time is up.
You do not Treat Your Spouse with Selfish Motives or Else face Andhatamtrsam
(2) Andhatamtrsam (Flogging) – This Hell is reserved for the Husband or the Wife who only treat their spouses well when they are to profit or pleasure to them. Those who forsake their wives and husbands for no apparent reasons are also sent here. The punishment is almost the same as Tamisram, but the excruciating pain, suffered by the victims on being tied fast, makes them fall down senseless.
You do not Enjoy other’s Property or Else face Rauravam
(3) Rauravam (Torment of snakes) – This is the hell for sinners who seize and enjoy another man’s property or resources. When these people are thrown into this hell, those whom they have cheated, assume the the shape of “Ruru”, a dreadful serpent. The serpent(s) will torment them severely until their time is up.
Garuda Purana: You do not Deny Legitimate Heirs if You are care taker or Else face Mahararuravam
(4) Mahararuravam (Death by snakes) – Here there is also Ruru serpents but more fiercer. Those who deny the legitimate heirs, their inheritance and possess and enjoy others property will be squeezed and bitten non stop by this terrible serpents coiling around them. Those who steal another man’s wife or lover will also be thrown here.
You do not Enjoy killing Animals or Else undergo Kumbhipakam
(5) Kumbhipakam (Cooked by oil) – This is the hell for those who kill animals for pleasure. Here oil is kept boiled in huge vessels and sinners are plunged in this vessels.
You do not Disrespect Elders of Else experience Kalasutram
(6) Kalasutram (Hot as hell) – This hell is terribly hot. Those who don’t respect their elders especially when their elders have done their duties are sent here. Here they are made to run around in this unbearable heat and drop down exhausted from time to time.
Garuda Purana: You do Your Duty or Else experience Asitapatram
(7) Asitapatram (Sharp flogging) – This is the hell in which sinners abandon one’s own duty. They are flogged by Yama’s Servants with whips made of asipatra (very sharp sword-shaped leaves). If they run about under the flogging, they will trip over the stones and thorns, to fall on their faces. Then they are stabbed with knives until they drop unconscious, When they recover, the same process is repeated until their time is up in this Naraka.
You are a Leader or a Politician or a Ruler do your Duty or Else undergo Sukaramukham
(8) Sukaramukham (Crushed and tormented) – Rulers who neglect their duties and oppress their subjects by misrule, are punished in this hell. They are crushed to a pulp by heavy beating.When they recover, it is repeated until their time is up.
You do not Oppress Good People or Else experience Andhakupam
(9) Andhakupam (Attack of the animals) – This is hell for those who oppress the good people and not helping them if requested despite having the resources. They will be pushed into a well, where beasts like lions, tigers, eagles and venomous creatures like snakes and scorpions. The sinners have to endure the constant attacks of this creatures until the expiry of the period of their punishment.
You do not Steal Jewels and Gold or Else face Taptamurti As Per Garud Puran
(10) Taptamurti (Burnt Alive) – Those who plunder or steal Gold and jewels are cast into the furnaces of this Naraka which always remains hot in blazing fire.
You Respect your Guests and be Selfless to Others or Else undergo Krimibhojanam
(11) Krimibhojanam (Food for worms) – Those who do not honor their Guests and make use of men or women only for their own gain, are thrown into this Naraka. Worms, insects and serpents eat them alive. Once their bodies are completely eaten up, the sinners are provided with new bodies, which are also eaten up in the above manner. This continues, till the end of their term of punishment.
Garuda Purana: You do not Commit Adultery or Else experience Salmali
(12) Salmali (Embracing hot images) – This Naraka is intended for men and women who have committed adultery. A figure made of iron, heated red-hot is placed there. The sinner is forced to embrace it, while Yama’s servants flog the victim behind.
You do not indulge in Unnatural S*x with Creatures or Else face Vajrakantakasali
(13) Vajrakantakasali (Embracing sharp images/sculpts) – This Naraka is the punishment for Sinners who have unnatural intercourse with animals. Here, they are made to embrace iron sculpts full of sharp diamond needles that pierce through their bodies.
You are a Leader or a Politician or a Ruler do not Abuse your Powers or Else suffer in Vaitarani
(14) Vaitarani (River of Filth) – Rulers who abuse their power and adulterers are thrown here. It is the most terrible place of punishment. It is a river which is filled with human excreta, blood, hair, bones, nails, flesh and all kinds of dirty substances. There are various kinds of terrible beasts as well. Those who are cast into it are attacked and mauled by these creatures from all sides. The sinners have to spend the term of their punishment, feeding upon the contents of this river.
You do not lure Women for Marriage to get S*x or Else Suffer in Puyodakam
(15) Puyodakam (Well of hell) – This is a well filled with excreta, urine, blood, phlegm. Men who have intercourse and cheat women with no intention of marrying them are considered like animals. Those who wander about irresponsibly like animals are thrown in this well to get polluted by it’s contents. They are to remain here till their time is up.
Garud Puran: You do not Hunt Animals for food or Else Suffer in Pranarodham
(16) Pranarodham (Piece by Piece) – This Naraka is for those who keep dogs and other mean animals and constantly hunt and kill animals for food. Here the servants of Yama, gather around the sinners and cut them limb to limb while subjecting them to constant insult.
You are Rich then do not insult Poor or Else face Visasanam As Per Garud Puran
(17) Visasanam (Bashing from Clubs) – This Naraka is for the torture of those rich people who look down at the poor and spend excessively just to display their wealth and splendor. They have to remain here at the whole term of their punishment where they will be bashed non stop from heavy clubs from Yama’s Servants.
You do not make Woman swallow in S*x or Else experience Lalabhaksam
(18) Lalabhaksam (River of semen) – This is the Naraka for lustful men. The lascivious fellow who forcefully or alluringly makes his wife swallow his semen, is cast into this hell. Lalabhaksam is a sea of semen. The sinner lies in it, feeding upon semen alone until his period of punishment.
You are a Terrorist, Unsocial element then You suffer in Sarameyasanam
(19) Sarameyasanam (Torment from dogs) – Those guilty of unsocial acts like poisoning food, genocide, mass slaughter, ruining the country are cast into this hell. There is nothing but the flesh of dogs for food. There are thousands of dogs in this Naraka and they attack the sinners and tear their flesh from their bodies with their teeth.
You do not Falsely Swear or become Fake witness Otherwise You experience Avici
(20) Avici (Turned into dust) – This Naraka is for those who are guilty for false witness and false swearing. There are hurled from a great height and they are utterly smashed into dust when they reached the ground. They are again restored to life and the punishment is repeated till the end of their time.
Garuda Purana: You do not Drink Alcohol or Else Suffer in Ayahpanam
(21) Ayahpanam (Drinking of burning substances) – Those who consume alcohol and other intoxicating drinks are sent here. The women are forced to drink melted iron in liquid form, whereas the men will be forced to drink hot liquid molten lava for every time they consume a alcoholic drink in their earthly lives.
You never kill Animals or Humans for Sacrifices Otherwise undergo Raksobjaksam
(22) Raksobjaksam (Revenge attacks) – Those who do animal and human sacrifices and eat the flesh after the sacrifice will be thrown in this hell. All the living beings they killed before would be there and they will join together to attacking, biting, and mauling the sinners. Their cries and complaints would be no avail here.
Garuda Puran: You do not commit Treachery or kill innocents Otherwise Suffer in Sulaprotam
(23) Sulaprotam (Trident Torture) – People who take the lives of others who have done no harm to them and those who deceives others by treachery are sent to this “Sulaportam” hell. Here they are impaled on a trident and they are forced to spend their whole term of their punishment in that position, suffering intense hunger and thirst, as well as enduring all the tortures inflicted on them.
You do not insult Good people or Else undergo Ksharakardamam
(24) Ksharakardamam (Hanged upside down) – Braggarts and those who insult good people are cast into this hell. Yama’s servants keep the sinners upside down and torture them in many ways.
Garuda Purana: You do not kill Humans like Animals or Else experience Dandasukam
(25) Dandasukam (Eaten alive) – Sinners who persecute others like animals will be sent here. There are many beasts here. They will be eaten alive by this beasts.
You do not kill Animals who balance the nature or Else Suffer in Vatarodham As Per Garud Puran
(26) Vatarodham (Weapon torture) – This hell is for those who persecute animals which live in forests, mountain peaks and trees. After throwing them in this hell, sinners are tortured with fire, poison and various weapons during their time here in this Naraka.
You offer food to Hungry people Otherwise undergo Paryavartanakam
(27) Paryavartanakam (Torture from birds) – One who denies food to a hungry person and abuses him is thrown here. The moment the sinner arrives here, eyes are pierced with the beaks of birds like the crows and eagles. It goes on till the end of their punishment.
You spend money on your Family and Dharmic activities or Else Suffer in Sucimukham
(28) Sucimukham (Tortured by needles) – Proud and Miserly people who refuse to spend money even for the basic necessities of life, like better food or buying food for their relations or friends will find their place in this hell. Those who do not repay the money they have borrowed will also be cast into this hell. Here, their bodies will be constantly be pricked and pierced by needles.
Garuda Purana: Some of the punishment methods represented in Graphical manner
Pious Karma: Who Can Escape the Wrath of Hell
Heaven has all the lavish facilities which cannot be imagined by earthlings, these luxuries are limited to heavenly beings. Only pious Vedic acts which protects nature and cares for true humans (humans who showcase humanly behavior).
Those persons who are omniscient, who are conversant with the principles of creation and annihilation, who see everything and who are devoid of passionate attachment to anything are released from the bonds of karma.
Those who do not injure anybody or anything, whatsoever, mentally, verbally or physically and those who are not involved in anything are not bound by karma.
Those who refrain from violence to peaceful living beings, who possess good conduct and mercifulness, and who have equanimity to others’ hatred and love are released from the bonds of karma. They have self-control.
Those who are merciful to peaceful living beings, who are worthy of being trusted by living creatures and who have eschewed violent activities go to heaven.
Those who are indifferent to others’ assets, who always avoid other men’s wives and who enjoy the riches virtuously acquired by them go to heaven.
Those men who always associate with other men’s wives as though they were their own mothers, sisters and daughters go to heaven.
Those who cling to their own wives, who carnally approach them only during the prescribed period after the days of menstruation and who never indulge themselves in vulgar lechery (forceful s*x, etc) go to heaven.
Those who desist from stealth, who are content with their own wealth and who enjoy their own good luck go to heaven.
Those who view other men’s wives with eyes enveloped by chastity, who have conquered their sense organs and who value good conduct very much go to heaven.