Yamaduta, aka: Yama-duta, Yamadūta, Yāmadūta; 8 Definition(s)

Introduction

Yamaduta means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Itihasa (narrative history)

[Yamaduta in Itihasa glossaries]

Yamadūta (यमदूत) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIII.4.50, XIII.4) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Yamadūta) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Purana

[Yamaduta in Purana glossaries]

Yamadūta (यमदूत).—One of the Brahmavādī sons of Viśvāmitra. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 4, Verse 51).

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1) Yamadūta (यमदूत).—Met Viṣṇu dūtas at the death of Ajāmila, and argued that punishment depended on the character of one's action, and that Ajāmila a Brahmana deserved punishment for having forsaken his svadharma and led an evil life with a dāsi. Overpowered by Hari's dūtas, they reported to Yama (s.v.) and wanted to know the truth of the matter. Instructed by Yama as knower of Dharma and ordained by Hari, his messengers cherished Hari's glory, and did not go near his devotees.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 1. 20, 40. 68; 3. 10-34.

2) Yāmadūta (यामदूत).—Belong to Kauśika gotra.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 66. 72; Vāyu-purāṇa 91. 100.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Yamaduta in Hinduism glossaries]

Yamadūta (यमदूत).—The messengers of Yamarāja, the lord of death.

(Source): ISKCON Press: Glossary

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Yamaduta in Pali glossaries]

yamadūta : (m.) death's messenger.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

[Yamaduta in Marathi glossaries]

yamadūta (यमदूत).—m (S) A messenger or angel of Yama. He conducts the spirits of the dead to Yama's judgment-seat; and thence to their final destination. 2 Hence applied to a stern and inexorable messenger in general.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

yamadūta (यमदूत).—m A messenger or angel of yama.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Yamaduta in Sanskrit glossaries]

Yamadūta (यमदूत).—

1) a messenger of death.

2) a crow.

Derivable forms: yamadūtaḥ (यमदूतः).

Yamadūta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yama and dūta (दूत). See also (synonyms): yamadūtaka.

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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