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?

  • Hanuman and everyone else knew that they can kill Ravana, but abduction of Sita was directly linked with Lord Rama.
    – user541
    Commented Jul 25, 2014 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 - 3.16.26]

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.

  • Yes you are right but I think lord Hanuman or Jambvan didn't kill Ravana because of this reason right?
    – Mr_Green
    Commented Jul 24, 2014 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
    Commented Jul 24, 2014 at 10:22
  • what are the sources for above description? Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 12:26
  • This is not from Ramayana and thus it cannot be considered as canon. No one knows who Ravan was in his previous life. Commented Feb 20, 2018 at 21:16

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

When Ravana met first time with Lord Hanuman, he told him that He is Amar ( a person who can't die ). Listening to this, Lord Hamuman reminded him his boon that he was blessed to be only killed by a 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, and that's why he didn't 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
    Commented Jul 24, 2014 at 10:42
  • hanuman being a great devotee of lord rama would have surely wanted that....
    – Arnav Das
    Commented Mar 2, 2016 at 18:09
  • ^^ that's just an assumption
    – Muds
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 15:23
  • @DroidDev, this answer is right. You may refer my answer for the sources.
    – iammilind
    Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 7:06

"any people who could have killed Ravana, like Lord Hanuman and Jambavan. But they didn't kill Ravana."

Not sure about Jambavana, but Hanuman had the ability of killing RAvana along with his whole army. However, he didn't kill him, because he wanted to give the credit (glory) to the lord RAma as stated in [Tirth yatra parva]:

Then with his down standing erect, the noble-minded Bhima, joining his hands, replied unto Hanuman saying (there), 'O lord, by me have been beheld the vast dimensions of thy body ... Depending on the strength of thy arms, thou wert capable of instantly destroying Lanka, with its warriors, and horses, elephants and chariots. Surely, O son of the wind-god, there is nothing that is incapable of being achieved by thee; and in fight, Ravana together with his followers was no match for thee single-handed."
Hanuman, the chief of monkeys, answered in affectionate words uttered in solemn accents. "O mighty-armed one, O Bharata, it is even as thou sayest. O Bhimasena, that worst of Rakshasas was no match for me. But if I had slain Ravana--that thorn of the worlds--the glory of Raghu's son would have been obscured;--and for this it is that I left him alone. By slaying that lord of the Rakshasas together with his followers, and bringing back Sita unto his own city, that hero hath established his fame among men.


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.

  • 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
    Commented Jul 25, 2014 at 6:27
  • Later, Angad went as a doot though.
    – Mr_Green
    Commented Jul 25, 2014 at 6:42

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