We all know the God of Death, mainly known as Yamraja, Kala, or Dharamraja. He is the Hindu God of death and justice, and he is responsible for the dispensation of law and punishment of the sinners in his abode, Yamaloka. Although, there are different origins and different mythologies. It is all about Lord Yamaraja. There is a temple in Himachal Pradesh dedicated to Lord Yamaraja named as Yamraj temple.
Hinduism is the largest religion in the world, with over 1 billion followers around the globe. It is believed that there are 330 million gods and goddesses who are worshipped in this world. They all might have temples somewhere around the earth. But there is only one temple that is dedicated to Lord Yamraj.
Yamraj Mandir in Himachal Pradesh
Yamraj mandir or Yamraaz temple is located at the Bharmour in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. It is the temple where nobody goes inside to worship. They prefer to offer their prayers outside instead of entering the temple, as it is considered the temple of death, and people enter the parallel world from this temple.
Room for Chitragupta
There is one room in the Yamraj Temple that is dedicated to Maharaj Chitragupta. According to the beliefs, Chitragupta was the secretary cum accountant of Yamraj. He used to keep the record of all the good and evil deeds of mortal human beings. It is believed that after death soul is brought before Chitragupta, who spells out the deeds of that soul to Yamraj. These karmas are aided by Lord Shravan, the son of Lord Brahma, who knows everything in heaven, earth, and hell.
Garuda Purana Says…
According to the Garud Purana, a religious text, it is believed that the Yamraj temple has four invisible doors. These doors are made out of gold, silver, bronze, and iron. After death, the soul has to cross one of the doors and step into the parallel world according to their deeds. Yamraj will be the one who decides which should pass through which door. If the person had bad karma, then this person’s soul has to cross from the iron door. And if they have good karma, they have to pass through gold. Likewise, karma will decide which door a person should cross.
If you plan to visit Chamba, you must visit this temple to get blessings from Lord Yamraj. The place is worth visiting. To know more about this temple, try talking to the locals. They will give you proper insights of what they have heard or seen or experienced.