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About Yami

Yami - The Personification of River Yamuna

Also known as KalindiKalindiKalindi
She was the daughter of Nagnajita of Kosala, the king Nagnajit had taken a vow of giving his daughter's hand in marriage to whoever tames his 7 bulls and puts noose on them successfully...
, YamiYamiYami
Also known as Kaalindi, Yami is the daughter of Sun God, Surya and his consort...
is the daughter of Sun God, Surya and his consort, Sanjana. She is the twin sister of God of Death, Yama. She was considered the favorite child of Surya and thus was also named Suryatanaya, Suryaja and Ravinandini. Yami took the form of a river and as The Yamuna she is associated by fertility, growth and abundance.

Legend

Though Sanjana married Surya but she was unable to bear the glaze and heat of the Sun. Whenever he came in her contact, she always closed her eyes. Surya felt insulted and cursed her that her son will be known as Yama, meaning restraint and will be dark in color. He will also be the ruler of darkness, the hell. The next time Sanjana tried to keep her eyes opened and impressed by her dedication, Surya blessed her with a daughter The Yamuna who will be worshipped as Goddess. Thus, YamaYamaYama
Also known as Yamaraja, Yama is the controller of the hell (Naraka)...
became the Lord of death but Yami came to be known as Lady of life.

Symbolism

Yami is often depicted black in complexion, standing on a tortoise. The tortoise is associated with creativity. She is a four-armed goddess and holds a mirror in one hand and a container of vermillion powder in another. At times, she is also presented holding a pot of water. Her another imagery is that of a beautiful, fair goddess standing next to the banks of the river.

Yama and Yami

Yami loved her brother Yama, and they spent all their time together. One day Yama slept under the tree, and Yami kept waiting for him to wake up. Unable to see any reaction and realizing that her brother had died. She kept crying. Her tears were unstoppable and could have flooded the earth. As the process of creation had only started, there was only day time, and Yami couldn’t understand how many days had passed since her brother’s death.

Gods and Goddess came together to create night so that he could realize that time is passing by. With the passage of days, her sorrows reduced and so did her tears. Ultimately, her feelings of loss reduced.

According to another legend, Sanjana left Surya as she couldn’t tolerate his heat anymore and replaced herself by her shadow named Chaya. Chaaya didn’t treat the children of Sanjana well. Enraged Yama once stamped on Chaya's foot for her unfair treatment. Chaaya cursed him that he would lose his foot. Hearing this Yami was broken hearted and kept crying. She prayed for his welfare and from the legend people started celebrating of Raksha Bandhan where sisters pray for the long life of their brothers.

Krishna and Yamuna

It is believed that KrishnaKrishnaKrishna
It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must...
spent his time with his Gopis (cow-herd girls) at the banks of river Yamuna. They played in the waters and felt refreshed. Legend has it that once the water of Yamuna became poisonous as a poisonous snake, Kaliya started living in the river. So powerful was his poison that it didn’t even let sun rays enter the water. Krishna came for her rescue and fought with the snake. He asked Kaliya to go deep inside the river and stop affecting the waters. Since then The Yamuna became a keen devotee of Krishna.

Also when Krishna was young, he was been carried in a basket by his father and he had to swim ashore. He asked The Yamuna to make way for him, and she created a passage for them to reach the land safely.

According to Bhagavata Purana (sacred texts on Hinduism), Krishna is also the husband of Yamuna. He met a beautiful girl who lived in a cottage built by her father. She had to live there and perform austerities till VishnuVishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
took her as his wife. Impressed by her dedication, Krishna, who was an incarnation of Vishnu, took her to his house in Dwarka and married her.

According to another legend, Balarama, Krishna’s elder brother wanted to spend some time swimming with his gopis. He didn’t want to go to the banks and rather asked The Yamuna to come up to him. The Yamuna refused to take the orders. BalaramaBalaramaBalarama
Balarama is considered to be the joint incarnation of Vishnu, along with Krishna...
felt insulted and through his weapon, the plough, he started hurting the river. He made different streams out of her and started changing her course of flow. The Yamuna soon realized her mistake and asked for forgiveness.
 



 
 

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