India is a culturally rich nation. Numerous ethnic cultures coexist in this unique land following their distinctive religious and social beliefs. In India, visiting temples is an an integral part of practicing one’s religious faith, especially in Hinduism, where 330 million Gods and Goddesses are revered.
Going to temples to pray and seek blessings or on festive occasions for rejoicing etc. has become synonymous with the Indian way of life. To put it simply, people cutting across religions in our country love visiting temples and places of worship.
This temple more resembles a home rather than a place of worship. One room of this temple is dedicated to Chitragupta, Yamraj’s secretary cum accountant, who keeps a record of all good deeds and sins of all the mortal beings. It is said that after death, each soul is first brought to this place before continuing on its journey further.
As per common belief, the temple has four invisible doors made out of gold, silver, bronze and iron. It is Yamraj who decides which soul should pass through which door. The same historical reference can also be found in the religious text Garud Puran.
According to legend, the soul is first produced before Chitragupta, who spells out a person’s good and bad karmas for deciding upon which door should that soul be made to pass through. For this job, Chitragupta seeks help from Lord Shravan, who is Lord Brahma’s son. It is believed that Shravan knows everything about Earth, heaven and hell and also has the power to clearly see and hear the people living on the planet.
The case in point here is the only temple on the planet dedicated to the Indian God of death Yamraj, located at Bharmour in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh.