The Finest Therapy for Incurable Diseases & To Remove Fear of Death
Dharmaraja or Yama is the God of Dharma (justice). He is one of the Dikpalakas, the ruler of direction and guards south. He protects law, is the guardian of ancestors, lord of pitris and is portrayed as a Vedic god. His identity as the God of Death or someone who is fearsome and awkward has demeaned his stature as a malevolent figure. He is the son of Sun god Vivasvat and his mother is Saranyu. He is the brother of Manu or Vaivasvata and has a twin sister name Yami. He is considered to be the father of Yudhishtra, one of the Pancha Pandavas. Dharmaraja has three wives, namely Hemamala, Vijaya and Sushila.
Dharmaraja – The First Soul That Left For the Other World
Dharmaraja, is a simple god who easily pities his followers and is open to reason. Take the case of Savithri, a princess who relinquished her rich life for the sake of a pauper. She relentlessly pursued Dharmaraja to win back the life of her husband Satyavan. He granted her boons and finally united her with her husband. Such is the character of this great figure of the Vedic pantheon.
The Rig Veda elucidates Dharmaraja as a minor god, as someone who died first from the godly world and later assumed the role of gathering the other dead from the ether world and transporting them to pitru loka, taking care of their well-being by providing food and shelter. Therefore he is invoked along with the pitris or the departed souls and given a seat on the kusha grass to taste the oblations prepared for tarpanam.
The Rightful Owner of Soma
Dharmaraja was a mortal himself and was the first to die and enter the next world. He is the first ancestor and the god of ceremonies and is authorised to have the full share of Soma offered to gods during yagya.
Just as he arrives to take away a dead soul, Dharmaraja can also bestow long life and rescue people from life threatening situations. In Grhya sutras, there are many rituals prescribed for worship of ancestors, offering them ablation with prayers or invocations to Dharmaraja as well. He is a kind-natured god who is revered and not feared. He is the god of the dead and not God of Death. He is none other than kaala, the god of time, who keeps track of the good and evil deeds of humans. As Kaala he has a dark green complexion with red eyes, holds a staff and noose in his hand.
Yama’s dwelling is Yamalaya situated in the south zone below the earth. He is seated upon Vichara-Bhu, his deliberation throne. The resourceful Chitra Gupta is his secretary and other ministers are Chanda and Mahachanda meaning anger and terror respectively. he has plenty of attendants in his territory besides greedy dogs that guard his domain. He is dedicated to maintain law and order as his duty is to preserve harmony in existence. He is said to be wise and is well versed in atma-vidya, the knowledge of the self, has a great understanding of the scriptures and is the ultimate arbitrator of truth and untruth.
Powerful Dharmaraja Mantra Has Great Curative Powers
Invoking this great purusha in a Vedic ritual is quite significant for the various blessings that he showers upon the people. The Dharmaraja mantra is a very powerful mantra that has great curative powers. It gives relief to incurable diseases, removes sins and afflictions.
‘Aum kraum hrim a am vaivasvataya dharmarajaya bhaktanugrahakrite Namah’
The person who chants the mantra does not fear death, will not face sudden death or fire accidents, gets cure for all fatal diseases. It also absolves sins and afflictions.