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.

Deadly punishments mentioned in Garuda Puran which are Likely to be Held after Death

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,

PUNISHMENT 1: Tamisram (Heavy Flogging)

Tamisara- Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 2: Andhatamtrsam (Flogging)

Andhatamtrsam (Flogging)- Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 3: Rauravam (Torments of Snakes)

Rauravam (Torments of Snakes)- Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 4: Mahararuravam (Death by Snakes)

Mahararuravam (Death by Snakes)- Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 5: Kumbhipakam(cooked by oil)

Kumbhipakam(cooked by oil)- Garuda Puran Punishments List

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

PUNISHMENT 6: Kalasutram  (Hot as hell)

Kalasutram (Hot as hell)-- Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 7: Asitapatram(sharp flogging)

Asitapatram(sharp flogging)-- Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • CRIME: Abandon, giving up one’s own duty, abetting god and violate dharma practices
  • PENALTY: Flogged with whips made of asipatra (sharp-edged sword-shaped leaves), stabbed with knives until sinners drop unconscious, tortured by evil spirits resulting fear and repeating the similar process.

PUNISHMENT 8: Sukaramukham(Crushed and tormented)

Sukaramukham(Crushed and tormented)- Deadly punishments mentioned in Garuda Punam

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 9: Andhakupam( Attack of the animals)

Andhakupam( Attack of the animals)- Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 10: Taptamurti or Agnikundam (Burnt Alive)

Taptamurti or Agnikundam (Burnt Alive)- - Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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

PUNISHMENT 11: Krimibhojanam(Food for worms)

Krimibhojanam(Food for worms)-Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 12: Salmali(Embracing hot images)

Salmali(Embracing hot images) - Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 13: Vajrakantakasali or Vajrakandaka (Embracing Sharp images)

Vajrakantakasali or Vajrakandaka (Embracing Sharp images)-Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 14: Vaitarani(River of Filth)

Vaitarani(River of Filth)-Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 15: Puyodakam (Well of hell)

Puyodakam (Well of hell)-Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 16: Pranarodham (Piece by Piece)

Pranarodham (Piece by Piece)-Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 17: Visasanam(Bashing from Clubs)

Visasanam(Bashing from Clubs)-Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 18: Lalabhaksam-(River of semen)

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

PUNISHMENT 19: Sarameyasanam(Torment from dogs)

 Sarameyasanam(Torment from dogs)-Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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

PUNISHMENT 20: Avichi( turned into dust)

aveechi-Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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.

PUNISHMENT 21: Ayahpanam(Drinking of burning substances)

Ayahpanam(Drinking of burning substances)-Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • CRIME: Drinking Alcohol, other intoxicating drinks,
  • PENALTY: Women made to drink liquid form of melted iron, men made to drink drink hot liquid molten lava

PUNISHMENT 22: Raksobjaksam(Revenge attacks)

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.

PUNISHMENT  23: Sulaprotam(Trident Torture)

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.

PUNISHMENT 24: Ksharakardamam(hanged upside down)

Ksharakardamam(hanged upside down)-Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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

PUNISHMENT 25: Dandasukam(eaten alive)

Dandasukam(eaten alive)-Garuda Puran Punishments List

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

PUNISHMENT 26: Vatarodham(weapon torture)

Vatarodham(weapon torture)--Garuda Puran Punishments List

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

PUNISHMENT 27: Paryavartanakam( torture from birds)

Paryavartanakam( torture from birds)

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

PUNISHMENT  28: Sucimukham(Tortured by needles)

Sucimukham(Tortured by needles)-Garuda Puran Punishments List
Sucimukham(Tortured by needles)-Garuda Puran Punishments List

  • 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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