The Narakas are the realms of suffering that equate to the Christian hell or, more accurately, to purgatory . If a person is born into one of these realms as a result of bad karma , this is not a permanent punishment - he or she may well be reborn into one of the higher worlds in the next life . Watched over by Yama , judge of the world, the Narakas are not only physical places but also states of consciousness – and symbols of the suffering that can take place during life, as well as after death .
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