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As we know there were many people who could have killed Ravana, like Lord Hanuman and Jambavan. But they didn't kill Ravana. Only Lord Rama did. Why?

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Hanuman and everyone else knew that they can kill Ravana, but abduction of Sita was directly linked with Lord Rama. – user541 Jul 25 '14 at 4:41
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One important reason goes far back to even before Ravana was born. Ravan was actually one of the two gatekeepers at Lord Vishnu's abode Vaikuntha. Once, they stopped the four Sanat kumaras from entering into Vaikuntha and they got cursed. So they took take birth in demonic families as the Lord had desired:

The Lord replied: O brāhmaṇas, know that the punishment you inflicted on them was originally ordained by Me, and therefore they will fall to a birth in a demoniac family. But they will be firmly united with Me in thought through mental concentration intensified by anger, and they will return to My presence shortly. [SB - 3.6.26]

They later on took birth as Hiranakshya, Hirankashyapu in Satya Yuga, Ravana, Kumbhakrana in Treta Yuga, and Kamsa, Sisupala in Dwapara Yuga. So for their deliverance, Vishnu in His avatars had to kill them. So only Lord Rama Killed Ravana.

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Yes you are right but I think lord Hanuman or Jambvan didn't kill Ravana because of this reason right? – Mr_Green Jul 24 '14 at 10:15
@Mr_Green Yes, because it has already been settled way way back. But from the point of view the world, as Kedarnath had mentioned, out of haughtiness Ravana thought no man or monkey could kill him, because they were too weak. So while asking boon, he ignored them and Lord took birth as a Human. And even though Hanuman, Angad, were powerful, they wanted their Lord Rama to have the honor, because Ravana had shown enmity towards Him by taking away maa Sita. – Be Happy Jul 24 '14 at 10:22
what are the sources for above description? – Vivek Mishra Mar 30 at 12:26

Jambvan can't kill Ravana, because Ravana has boon that only Monkey or Man ( Narayan in man form) can kill him. Jambvan is form of bear.

When Ravana meet first time to Lord Hanuman, that time he told him that He is Amar ( a person that can't be died ). Listening to this, Lord Hamuman remain him his boon that Ravana was bless to only killed by Monkey or Narayan ( i.e. Lord Vishnu ).

Hanuman told him that he too can kill Ravana at that very moment but he wanted Lord Rama to get credit of killing Ravana, that's why he didnt kill him.

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How can you say that Lord Hanuman wanted Lord Rama to get the credit of killing Ravana? Can you give some kind of source for it? – DroidDev Jul 24 '14 at 10:42
hanuman being a great devotee of lord rama would have surely wanted that.... – Arnav Das Mar 2 at 18:09
^^ that's just an assumption – Muds Mar 30 at 15:23

As pointed out above, ravana could only be killed by a vaanar(monkey) or a manushya(human).

Secondly, when hanuman met ravana for the first time, he went as a doot(ambasador) and couldn't fight with ravana.

Also, you always fight with a person of your stature, therefore, ravana(leader of rakshasa) fought with lord Rama.

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When lord Hanuman went to lanka for first time, he was actually searching for Sita. nobody was sure whether they could find her here or not. lord Hanuman was looking in that direction because Sampati (brother of Jatayu) told him that he saw a pushpak vimaan going in this direction. So, lord Hanuman didn't go as a doot (messenger). – Mr_Green Jul 25 '14 at 6:27
Later, Angad went as a doot though. – Mr_Green Jul 25 '14 at 6:42

According to my opinion there is a simple answer of this question... everybody know's Ravana was a great and big DEVOTEE.. of "lord Shiva"... and HANUMAN is Rudra Avtar of "Lord Shiva".. so how could he killed Ravana.. Even when "Lord Ram" killed Ravana. After that he worshiped for "Lord Shiva" with a "stoop(shiv ling)" in Rameswaram after that it was known as Rameswaram temple..

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This is not proper answer. you should know jay vijay story. – Parth Trivedi Sep 14 '15 at 5:47

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