From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Naraka or hell is a place where an evil person goes after death to suffer for the heinous crimes and sins he has committed here. The purāṇas describe several varieties of them. The number vary from 7 to 32.

In the mahāraurava, terrible and highly poisonous serpents torment the sinners who had usurped the properties of others or their rightful owners.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore