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I have seen in films, heard tales about how in south India many people worship ravana, surely they must be following a different folklore version which edifies ravana but isn't Ramayana an universally accepted epic which villainizes ravana ?

Knowing that what prompts a few to worship him ?

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    Ravana Mandir, Bisrakh, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. There is a huge Shivalinga in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India. supposedly installed by Ravana himself, with a statue of Ravana near by. Both Shivalinga and Ravana are worshiped by the fishermen community there. Thousands of Kanyakubja Brahmins of the village Ravangram of Netaran, in the Vidisha District of Madhya Pradesh, perform daily puja (worship) in the Ravan temple and offer naivedyam / bhog (a ritual of sacrifice to the Gods).-From wikipedia. – Rickross Mar 2 '16 at 18:32
  • *Centuries ago King Shiv Shankar built a Ravana temple at Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The Ravana temple is opened once in a year, on Dashehra Day, to perform puja for the welfare of Ravana. – Rickross Mar 2 '16 at 18:33
  • From wiki again-Ravana was born to a great sage Vishrava (or Vesamuni), and his wife, the daitya princess Kaikeshi. People of Bisrakh village in Uttar Pradesh claim that Bisrakh was named after Vishrava, and Ravana was born there.[9].So infact Ravan is worshiped more in north india than in the south.Maybe because he was born there. – Rickross Mar 2 '16 at 18:35
  • So the same people celebrate dussehra ? :-P – Arnav Das Mar 2 '16 at 18:36
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    He was born in a brahmin family. He was the great follower of Shiva, a great scholar, a capable ruler and a maestro of the veena. His ten heads represent his knowledge of the six shastras and the four Vedas. also depicted as the author of the Ravana Samhita, a book on Hindu astrology and book Arka Prakasham; book on Siddha medicine and treatment . Ravana possessed a thorough knowledge of Siddha,"The Oldest traditional treatment system" and political science. He is said to have possessed the nectar of immortality, which was stored inside his belly, thanks to a celestial boon by Brahma. – Eesha Mar 3 '16 at 5:41
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No where in Ramayana, written by Valmiki, the writer of the epic, Rama was mentioned as God. Neither Ravana.

Though demon king Ravana is the prime antagonist character in the epic Ramayana, yet most of the people are not aware of his background, his conquests and his erudite knowledge.

He is considered as the most revered devotee of Lord Shiva. An Accomplished Scholar, great musician.

Ravana's grandfather, the sage Pulastya, was one of the ten Prajapatis or mind-born sons of Brahma and one of the Saptarishi (Seven Great Sages Rishi)

Ravana performed an intense penance (or tapasya) to Brahma, lasting several years. During his penance, Ravana chopped off his head 10 times as a sacrifice to appease him. Each time he sliced his head off a new head arose, thus enabling him to continue his penance. At last, Brahma, pleased with his austerity, appeared after his 10th decapitation and offered him a boon. Ravana asked for immortality, which Brahma refused to give, but gave him the celestial nectar of immortality. The nectar of immortality, stored under his navel, dictated that he could not be vanquished for as long as it lasted.

His abilities now truly awe-inspiring, Ravana proceeded on a series of campaigns, conquering humans, celestials and other demons. Conquering the netherworld completely, he left his brother Ahiravana as king. He became supreme overlord of all Asuras in the three worlds, making an alliance with the Nivatakavachas and Kalakeyas, two clans he was unable to subdue. Conquering several kingdoms of the human world, he performed the suitable sacrifices and was crowned Emperor. Ravana defeated Indra and the gods, Surya, Varuna and Yama. Kubera at one point chastised Ravana for his cruelty and greed, greatly angering him. Proceeding to the heavens, Ravana fought and defeated the devas, singling out his brother for particular humiliation. By force he gained command over the devas, celestials, and the serpent races. At the time of the Ramayana, set several years later, Ravana is shown as dominating all human and divine races – so much so that he can command the sun's rising and setting.

Ravana was a great practitioner of statecraft(the skillful management of state affairs; statesmanship.). When Lord Rama killed Ravana, who was on his last breath, Rama instructed his brother Lakshmana to go to Ravana and learn the art of statecraft and diplomacy from the dying demon king.

It was Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarana, who performed penance, got miraculous powers from Lord Brahma and drove out Kuber to occupy the golden kingdom of Lanka.

There are several temples in India where Ravana is worshipped and associated with Lord Shiva at some places. Temples related with Ravana in India are Ravana Mandir Bisrakh,Koteshwar Temple Gujarat,Vidisha Ravangram Temple and Murudeshwara Temple has Ravana Statue, Koneswaram temple of Sri Lanka is one of the most famous Ravana temple in the world.

As a conclusion: The heroism of the hero is proportional to the greatness of the villain. And One Must Never Forget That Ego Kills.

5 Life Lessons From Ravana

Ramayana (Hindu epic): Is Ravana a hero or is he a villain?

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    If you copied your answer from other places (which is ok), you need to use blockquotes. Also, when you quote something from somewhere you need to verify authenticity of the content before posting it here. (See The copy-paste issue, Hinduism version) – sv. Mar 4 '16 at 0:38
  • @sv I have posted the links at bottom. – user2728397 Mar 4 '16 at 5:43
  • Yes, I noticed that, but you still need to use blockquotes when you are quoting others (blogs, Wikipedia etc.) – sv. Mar 4 '16 at 7:00
  • But in tv series Devon ke dev mahadev, they showed that ravan built golden kingdom for Lord Shiva as he used to live in bare mountains but lord shiva refused to live there and asked ravan to live in it instead – Vivek Mishra Mar 9 '16 at 13:42
  • Rama is mentioned as God in the Ramayana written by Valmiki and Ravana is said as cruel and personal blogs are not considered authentic sources. The one you quoted is a personal blog. – Sarvabhouma Dec 1 '17 at 8:04
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Im late to reply...but ravana can be termed as of the greatest renowned scholar of his age...his ten heads represented the 4 vedas and 6 astras...which means he was a master of them. Apart from this ravana had taught lakshmana when he was on his deathbed... And to the surprise rama had told lakshmana to sit along ravana's face and learn valuable things from him.

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    For some of your statements, you need to cite sources. – sv. Mar 4 '16 at 0:42
  • "Apart from this ravana had taught lakshmana when he was on his deathbed... And to the surprise rama had told lakshmana to sit along ravana's face and learn valuable things from him.". This is completely fictitious and has no provenance in authentic Ramayana. – user1195 Nov 30 '17 at 20:33

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