yama यम

Definition: a. (&asharp;, &isharp;) forming a pair; m. twin (du. twins; designation of the Asvins); Name of the male Twin of Yamî, the first man, son of Vivasvat (RV.); in the Veda Yama is the god who rules over the departed fathers in heaven; in C. he is regarded as the god of death, presiding in the lower regions (his name being supposed to mean subduer or punisher), younger brother of Manu (the first man), regent of the south, and reputed author of hymns and of a law-book; planet Saturn; n. pair.


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