Yama sends a Yamatoot to collect a soul whose time has come. The illustration shows Yama’s accountant and the scales of Karma, with signs reading ‘sin’ and 'merit.’

After the soul is collected, it will then proceed to one of the 134 worlds of hell (simplified to the Eighteen Levels of Hell for convenience). Sinners feel pain and agony just like living human beings when they are subjected to the tortures. They cannot “die” from the torment because when the ordeal is over, their bodies will be restored to their original states for the torture to be repeated.

Next post, I will cover the common punishments and tortures in the eighteen levels of hell.