is the god of death
. He is a Lokapala
and an Aditya
. In art
, he is depicted with green skin
clothes and riding a black bull
. He holds a loop of rope
in his left hand with which he pulls the soul from the corpse.
The name also refers to the first human to die of ancient Vedic beliefs. He is the son of Surya and twin brother of Yami, both ancestors of the entire human race. Later, he was deified and worshipped as a son of Vivasvat and Saranya. He is one of the Ashta-Dikpalas, representing the south.
He reports to Lord Shiva, chief of Trimurti(the Hindu God trinity).