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Yamaduta – Messenger of Yama at the Time of Death in Hindu Religion - Yamadutas

Yamadutas are messengers of Yama, the god of death in Hindu religion. It is believed that they arrive at the time of death of an individual on earth. Yamaduta follow orders and directions of Yama. They arrive to convey messages of Yama to mortals and to take them to his kingdom based on their deeds on earth. When the time of an individual ends on earth, Yama sends one of his messengers to earth to take the individual to Yamaloka. Details about Yamadutas, especially their features and weapons are mentioned in the Padma Purana. Yamadutas are depicted with a rope and mace or club. Their faces are deformed. They have long teeth and their faces are like burning charcoal. They have huge figures. Their eyes burn like fire. Crow is also referred as Yamaduta as it carries the food offered by relatives to dead ancestors. Yamadutas are described in detail in Padma Purana (Kriya Yoga, Chap 6). "Who are you, with rope and club in your hands? Your faces are deformed. Your t

Makaranetunkuzhaikkadar Temple at Thenthiruperai in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Sixth Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Navgraha Shukra

Makaranetunkuzhaikkaadar Temple, also known as Nigaril Mugilvannan or Makara Nedun Kuzhaikathan, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at Thenthiruperai in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the sixth Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Navagraha Shukra. The shrine is located 12 km from Srivaikuntam. Story of Makaranetunkuzhaikkadar Temple Legend has it that once Goddess Lakshmi was upset that Lord Vishnu was spending too much time with Bhudevi. She complained to Sage Durvasa. Bhudevi did penance on the banks of Thamiraparani River at Thenthiruperai and here she found two fish shaped earrings. She offered it to Lord Vishnu and when he wore them he came to be known as  Makara Nedun Kuzhaikathan. Another legend has it that Varuna performed penance here for insulting Guru or Brihaspati. Due to this Varuna had lost his weapons and power to create rains. Lord Vishnu gave darshan to Varuna here o