Uttara Kanda (Also other Kandas) of Ramayan mentions Ravana having 10 heads and 20 arms.

Now 10 heads would make a body asymmetrical as there is no middle point.

Is there any mention in scriptures which tells us to which head among the 10 was Ravana's body attached to? Also Ravana is called Dasagriva meaning having ten necks. If such is the condition how were his necks attached ?

Were they in linear design or in circular design? E.g., did his right side contain more heads or his left side (when he used to be in the form of 'Dashanan')?

Do any scripture mention about this ?

  • It's an interesting question because the popular representation us like you said ten heads arranged in a row. But the Uttara Kanda actually says ten necks which means all heads were connected to the body.
    – Surya
    Apr 4, 2016 at 15:22
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    @Surya Yeah, he's called Dasagriva, and not just in the Uttara Kanda, in other Kandas as well. I'm imagining a central neck attached to the shoulders and nine other necks branching off in all directions. Apr 4, 2016 at 17:51
  • @Keshav But the point of a neck is to connect to the body right? I imagine something like the cover art of the Vengeance Of Ravana by Ashok Banker (Google it and you'll understand what I am saying.)
    – Surya
    Apr 4, 2016 at 17:54

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Actually, if anyone deeply analyses the End part of Lanka Kand of the original Sanskrit scripture of Ramayana (not any translations, even old ones), there's logical proof that Uttar Kand itself is an interpolated chapter of this great epic. But, I'm NOT saying the relevant chapter is invalid, its just scripted/added later. Interpolation does not necessarily means its void or useless. 90% of the Purans more-or-less have interpolations.

Secondly, there's ample logical proof in the Sanskrit scriptures of Sundar Kand (10th Canto) and even in Arayanna Kand (49th Canto) itself, that Ravana did NOT had 10 heads and more than 2 arms!

Those are all imaginations of the later poets/pundits! ;-)


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