Yamagana, Yamagaṇa, Yama-gana: 1 definition


Yamagana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Yamagana in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Yamagaṇa (यमगण) or Yamabhaṭa refers to the “attendants of Yama”, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.18.—Accordingly:—“[...] the terrible (vikaṭa) soldiers (bhaṭa) of Yama [viz., Yamabhaṭa or Yamagaṇa] who desired to take him [viz., Guṇanidhi] to Saṃyamani (Saṃyamanī, the abode of Yama), approached him with nooses (pāśa) and clubs (mudgara) in their hands (pāṇi) and bound (baddha) him. [...]”.

Yamagaṇas are said to only perceive the “gross exterior” (sthūlalakṣya), according to a conversation between Śiva’s attendants (Śivagaṇa) and Yama’s attendants (Yamagaṇa):—“[...] O Attendants of Yama [viz., Yamagaṇa], Śiva’s ideas of Dharma are very subtle. They can be observed only by persons of subtle and keen vision (sūkṣmadṛṣṭi), not by people like you whose aim is only the gross exterior (sthūlalakṣya).

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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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