Where was Ravana born? Do we have any mention of Ravana's birthplace in any Ramayana or Purana?


Ravan was born most likely in Ashram of Vishrava or else Rasatal.

Ravan's maternal grandfather Sumali hid in Rasatal after bitter fight with Vishnu in which they lost badly. Lanka, which was their home then, was given to Kuber. When Ravan was born, Rakshash were still living in Rasatal.

Valmiki Ramayan, Uttara Kand, Ninth Sarga

However, Kaikasi, mother of Ravan, may still be living in Ashram of Vishrava muni at the time of birth of Ravan. Kaikasi had visited Vishrava muni in desire of sons as great as Kuber, following which Vishrava muni gave her boons of four children. Although it is not stated clearly if she left for Rasatal after receiving boons.

It's likely that she continued to stay with Vishrava Muni. This may be confirmed with following incident. When Kuber (living in Lanka) came to visit his father Vishrava, Kaikasi spots him in the ashram and exhorts Ravan to be as great as him.

Valmiki Ramayan, Uttara Kand, Ninth Sarga

There is not much information about ashram of rishi Vishrava. However, he was highly influenced by his father, rishi Pulastya. Likely that he lived nearby. Rishi Pulastya lived at the ashram of rishi Trinbindu, near great mountain Meru. He was married to daughter of rishi Trinbindu, and likely their son rishi Vishrava was born there as well.

Valmiki Ramayan, Uttara Kand, Second Sarga

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    You can add Pulastya did tapasya on the slopes of mount meru and Vishravas was born to him. So it’s most likely that he too remained there.
    – Adiyarkku
    Aug 3 '21 at 5:55
  • Where Vishravas' ashram was located? Aug 3 '21 at 9:45
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    Thanks @Archit. Updated my answer. Parth there is no info on Vishrava muni's ashram.
    – sbharti
    Aug 4 '21 at 4:01

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