Types Of Hell In Hindu Mythology
Hindu mythology says that after death we lead a life, which is actually our Atma or soul in hell or heaven.
Did you know that there are 84 types of hell mentioned in HINDU religion? Yes! That’s true?
As per Hindu mythology, there are three heavens- Swarga (materialistic heaven similar mentioned in Quran and bible), Kailasha (a place where those can reach who disconnect themselves from the worldly things and achieve higher consciousness through hard Tapasya and submission) and lastly, Vaikuntha (Vishnu home), where only the most generous people can reach (only who those who deliver to the society, feel the fear and hunger of another person ). Most pleasurable heaven is considered as Vaikuntha.
We are all going to end up there, i.e. becoming a part of God. But not everyone can become a part of Param Atma after death so easily.
Only those souls become a part of Param Atma which have zero karmic baggage. After death, your soul is parked into one of the seven ethereal layers depending upon your karmic baggage.
If there is some sort of karmic baggage, you will again be born on Earth as a human in order to gain experience and lessen your karmic baggage.
Once you have been born as a human, you will never be born into a lower yoni ever again. We do not have hell. We have a torment of living life over and over again.
Some authorities say that there is a total of twenty-one hellish planets, and some say twenty-eight. All these planets are meant for punishing the living entities.
Different types of hell as per Hindu Mythology:-
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.
This hell is one of those types of hell which reserved for the husband or the wife who only treat their spouses well when they are to profit or pleasure to them.
Rauravam (torment of snakes):
This is the hell for sinners who seize and enjoy another man’s property or resources.
Mahararuravam (death by snakes):
Here, there are also Ruru serpents, but 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 serpent coiling around them.
Kumbhipakam (cooked by oil):
Out of many types of hell, 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.
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.
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.
Sukaramukham (Crushed and tormented):
Rulers who neglect their duties and oppress their subjects by misrule are punished in this hell.
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.
Taptamurti (Burnt Alive):
Those who plunder or steal gold and jewels are cast into the furnaces of this Naraka which always remains hot in the blazing fire.
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.
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.
This sinner is forced to embrace it, while Yama’s servants flog the victim behind.
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.
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.
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.
Regarding the levels as per their punishments, no such explicit content has been mentioned.
Hindu mythology just describes a particular punishment for the commitment of a particular sin which is given in hell.
To classify which is bad or the worst punishment, it would probably depend on the person classifying it.
Because for one person one kind of punishment may feel easier compared to one, but for someone other than punishment may be worse.