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Hell. Region of Yam Raaj - the judge of of men and Ruler of the Hells in which the wicked suffer. Hells are terrible places where the sinners are sent to suffer for their sins. There are many kinds of such Narak.
Puraan, 5/32, 28 Koti (levels) of Narak are told - There are 28
grades of Narak below this Earth, they all are situated in a dense dark
place below the 7th Tal (Paataal Lok) -
Even these Narak have 5 Naayak each (their names are also given there).
According to Agni Puraan, Ch 371, p 817, there are 28 Koti (levels) of Narak. Their names are given like this - (1) Ghoraa, (2) Sughoraa, (3) Atighoraa, (4) Mahaaghoraa, (5) Ghor-roopaa, (6) Taraltaaraa, (7) Bhayaanakaa, (8) Bhayotkataa, (9) Kaalraatri, (10) Mahaachandaa, (11) Chandaa, (12) Kolaahalaa, (13) Prachandaa, (14) Padmaa, (15) narak Naayikaa, (16) Padmaavatee, (17) Bheeshanaa, (18) B heemaa, (19) Karaalikaa, (20) Vikaraalaa, (21) Mahaavajraa, (22) Trikonaa, (23) Panch Konikaa, (24) Sudeerghaa, (25) Vartulaa, (26) Saptbhoomaa, (27) Subhoomikaa, and (28) Deept Maayaa.
All of them have 5 Naayak each,
and again they have 5 Naayak each. They are known as Raurav etc names. Thus they all
are 145. Taamistra, Andh Taamistra, Mahaaraurav, Raurav, Asipatra Van, Loh
Bhaar, Kaalsootra Narak, Mahaa Narak, Sanjeevan, Mahaa Veechi, Tapan,
Samprataapan, Sanghaat, Kaakol, Kudmal, Poot Mrityuk, Loh Shanku, Rijeesh,
Pradhaan, Shaalmali tree, and Vaitaranee river etc all should be
considered as Koti-Naayak. They are very terrible.
According to Naarad Puraan -
Yam told Bhageerath about sins, and the various Narak (Hells) where
sinners have to suffer. The names of some such hells are ----
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 06/09/11