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The Garuda Purana is one of the Vishnu Puranas.

The Garuda Purana is one of eighteen Mahapurana genre of texts in Hinduism. It is a part of Vaishnavism literature corpus, primarily centering around Hindu god Vishnu but praises all gods. Composed in Sanskrit, the earliest version of the text may have been composed in the 1st millenium BCE.

The Garuda Purana text is known in many versions, containing between 8,000 to 19,000 verses.Its chapters encyclopedically deal with highly diverse collection of topics. The text contains cosmology, mythology, relationship between gods, ethics, good versus evil, various schools of Hindu philosophies, the theory of Yoga, the theory of "heaven and hell" with "karma and rebirth", ancestral rites and soteriology, rivers and geography, types of minerals and stones, testing methods for gems for their quality, listing of plants and herbs, various diseases and their symptoms, various medicines, aphrodisiacs, prophylactics, Hindu calendar and its basis, astronomy, moon, planets, astrology, architecture, building home, essential features of a Hindu temple, rites of passage, charity and gift making, economy, thrift, duties of a king, politics, state officials and their roles and how to appointment them, genre of literature, rules of grammar, and other topics. The final chapters discuss how to practice Yoga (Samkhya and Advaita types), personal development and the benefits of self-knowledge.

The Padma Purana categorizes the Garuda Purana, along with itself, Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu Purana, as a Sattva Purana (a purana which represents goodness and purity). The text, like all Mahapuranas, is attributed to sage Veda Vyāsa in the Hindu tradition.

28 Deadly Punishments Mentioned in Garuda Puran Which Are Likely to be Held after Death

Garuda Purana, the sacred manuscript of Hindu religion briefs about the life after death of humans. Garuda Purana is believed to be the an exchange of selective information over human’s life, re-birth (reincarnation), human death, funeral rites, life after death and many other corresponding contexts with the Garuda (a kind of bird) by the lord Vishnu. Garuda Purana shed’s light on the concept of heaven and hell which are conceived by most of the people to be same in these modern days of lifestyle. Go through the stated punishments of Garuda Puranas to know what exactly do you deserve based on your karma.

28 Garuda Punishments Deserved for Humankind Crimes

Religious preachings in most of the religions claim that sinners are being punished after death by the almighty. While the Hindu religion Garuda Purana clearly prescribes the deserving punishments by the creator regarding the sins and karma. A total of 28 deadly punishments have been mentioned in the Garuda Purana which stating the readers which type of punishment his sins would led him to undergo at the hell.


Garuda which is a part of eighteen Puranas of Hindu body texts called as Smriti principally stresses on the reason and meaning of human life exploring the conversation of Lord Vishnu and Garuda (King of Birds).

The Vaishnava Purana manuscript Garuda Purana comprises particulars and information about the life after death, funeral rites and the metaphysics of reincarnation, and therefore is recited as a part Antyesti (Antim Sanskar) or funeral rites (funeral liturgy) in Hinduism. The medium sized Garuda Purana which is categorized as Purana which represents goodness and purity by the Padma Purana comprising nineteen thousand shlokas and 28 punishments for the sinners who commit various inhuman acts during their lifetime.

Brutal punishments which have been listed and mentioned in the Garuda Purana are so barbarous and roughshod that no reader of the Purana would wish to get punished with those penalties of their souls after death. Penalties of the Garuda Purana are described as ‘The Torments of Yama’ as per the conversation of lord Vishnu and Garuda. Here is the list of 28 Garuda Purana Punishments described in the book,

Tamisram (Heavy Flogging)

CRIME: People who try to take the possession over others property (wealth, money, land, houses, jewellery) exercising unacceptable acts such as robbing, surcharging with interests etc., would be punished with this punishment by god of death Yamraj’s retainers and cast them into the Naraka (hell) known as Tamisram.
PUNISHMENT: Souls which have been confined to the Tamisram Naraka (hell) would be thrashed until the victim gets bleed and fainted and end of their time period in the hell.


Andhatamtrsam (Flogging)

CRIME: Soulmates, husbands and wives who cheat their partners in the relationship are punished with this Andhatamtrsam penalty. Perhaps most of the people during this modern times may get punished with this penalty as very often we go through a story of divorce and many other unethical practices of relationship who treat their partners well when there is a need of them for profits or pleasure.
PENALTY: Most of penalties under the Andhatamtrsam are similar to that of Tamisram while it involves the agonizing thrashes by tying up victims fast with ropes and making them fall down unconscious circulation in abyss.


Rauravam (Torments of Snakes)

CRIME: Enjoying others property or resources with through possession
PUNISHMENT:: Tortured with the serpents, thrown into the hell of Rauravam where the people they have cheated assume the shape of “Ruru”, a dreadful serpent, torment them severely until their time is up.



Mahararuravam (Death by Snakes)

CRIME: Destroying other property, Denial of legitimate heirs, inheritance and possession of others property, Brutally destroying other’s property and family for the sake of acquisition,
PUNISHMENT:: Squeezing and nonstop biting of sinners with snakes with extreme and violent energy and coiling around them.



Kumbhipakam(cooked by oil)

CRIME: Killing animals for pleasure,
PENALTY: Throwing accused souls to huge boiling vessels


Kalasutram (Hot as hell)

CRIME: Disrespecting, torturing and putting elders & parents in starvation
PENALTY: Sinners are made to run around in unbearable heat and drop down exhausted from time to time and are made to undergo similar treatment as they did to their elders.




(Crushed and tormented)

CRIME: Disregarding duties and persecute their subjects by misrule, punishing innocent people and accomplice unlawful activities
PENALTY: Sinners are crushed to pulp by heavy beating, grinded under the sharp teeth of an animal and repeated until their time is up.




( Attack of the animals)

CRIME: Discouraging and not helping needy despite having the resources, oppressing good people, torturing lives and inhuman activities
PENALTY: Biting by wild animals, run over by wild animals, pushed into a well of beasts like Lions, tigers, eagles and venomous creatures like snakes and scorpions. Sinners had to endure the constant attacks of these creatures until the expiry of the period of their punishment.



Taptamurti or Agnikundam

(Burnt Alive)

CRIME: Stealing, snatching other’s property by force, steal gold and jewels care cast into the furnaces of this Naraka and gaining undue advantage and unlawfully making best out of everything in the world
PENALTY: Sinners are roasted in inverted positions with hands and legs tied over fire



Krimibhojanam (Food for worms)

CRIME: Dishonoring guests, Using people for self-needs and gains, eating and benefitting from other’s work
PENALTY: Sinners are subjected to worms, insects and serpents which would eat their souls and bodies until the punishment period ends with the continuous process. Insects are left intruding the body.



Salmali (Embracing hot images)

CRIME: Committing adultery (men and women), unchaste relationships with kamukas
PENALTY: Hot solid figures of gadha’s (maces, clubs) made of iron are heated red-hot and thrashed on genital space, Yama’s servants flog the victim behind.



Vajrakantakasali or Vajrakandaka

(Embracing Sharp images)

CRIME: Unnatural intercourse with animals, humans, unmatching people, forced sexual contacts
PENALTY: Embrace, physical hugging of fire spitting idols, full of sharp diamond needles which would pierce through their bodies.



Vaitarani (River of Filth)

CRIME: Abusing with their powers and adulterers, misusing the official and rulers stature to attain undue advantage and acting against dharma
PENALTY: Submerging victims and souls in a river filled with human excreta, blood, hair, bones, nails, flesh and all kinds of dirty substances where various kinds of terrible beasts who attack and mauled by these creatures from all sides. Added to this sinners have to spend the term of their punishment, feeding upon the contents of this river.



Puyodakam (Well of hell)

CRIME: Men having intercourse and cheating women with no intentions of marrying, treating womens cruelly like animals during sexual intercourse,
PENALTY: Thrown in polluted well with excreta, urine, blood, phlegm, biting by poisonous insects and animals and remain until their time is up.



Pranarodham (Piece by Piece)

CRIME: Torture and kill animals for food.
PENALTY: Limbs and life organs of sinner slashed by the Yama kinkaras (servants of lord yama) with arrows.



Visasanam (Bashing from Clubs)

CRIME: Rich people torturing poor and boasting the wealth and splendour without helping the needy
PENALTY: Non-stop bashing from heavy clubs from Yama’s servants until their punishment term ends.



Lalabhaksam (River of semen)

CRIME: Lust men/wife torturing their soulmate/partner, unchaste intercourse, forcing wife/husband to swallow genital liquid (semen / white discharge)
PENALTY: Accused souls thrown in river of semen, feeding upon semen alone until his period of punishment




(Torment from dogs)

CRIME: Unsocial acts of poisoning food, mass slaughter, ruining the country, gutting houses, torturing lives, involving in massacre
PENALTY: Sinners casted in hell with thousands of dogs attacking and tearing their flesh with teath until their term ends, torture by wild animals



Avichi ( turned into dust)

CRIME: Claiming false witness and false swearing, false evidence
PENALTY: Sinners submerged and tortured in live bodies, hurled from a great height and are utterly smashed into dust as they reached the ground this is repeated until time period ends




(Drinking of burning substances)

CRIME: Claiming false witness and false swearing, false evidence
PENALTY: Sinners submerged and tortured in live bodies, hurled from a great height and are utterly smashed into dust as they reached the ground this is repeated until time period ends



Raksobjaksam (Revenge attacks)

CRIME: Brutally killing animals, human sacrifices, eating flesh/meat after sacrificing
PENALTY: Killed animals during the lifetime are allowed to attack, bit and maul sinners whose cries and complaints would be no avail here.



Sulaprotam (Trident Torture)

CRIME: Causing harm and deceiving others by treachery, killing innocent people, masterminding people, committing suicide and betraying a person’s trust
PENALTY: Birds peck, shula (impaled on a trident) are used to torture, made to suffer with intense hunger and thirst, as well as enduring all the tortures inflicted on them.




(hanged upside down)

CRIME: Insulting good people and involving in bad activities and defaming elders and living with selfish motives, bragging
PENALTY: Life organs are tortured hanging sinners upside down and torture by the evil unknown spirits in many ways



Dandasukam(eaten alive)

CRIME: Persecuting others like animals,
PENALTY: Eaten alive by beasts



Vatarodham(weapon torture)

CRIME: Persecuting animals living in forests, mountain peaks and trees
PENALTY: Handcuffed and tortured with fire, poison and various weapons




(torture from birds)

CRIMEE: Denying food to hungry person and abusing destitute
PENALTY: Birds like the crows and eagles pierce eyes of sinners.



Sucimukham (Tortured by needles)

CRIME: Not doing good and amassing wealth by wrong doings and stealing wealth, not buying
PENALTY: Stinging with nails and torturing with hunger and thirst, constantly pricked and pierced by needles.

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