I was reading through Ramcharitmanas of Goswami Tulsidas Ji.

I read the story of Raja Pratap Bhanu and he becoming Ravana in the next birth.

I wondered, how is that possible when we know that Jay Vijaya was supposed to take 3 births and we clearly know now what were those births

My question is, how come Raja Pratap Bhanu became Ravana? It was Jaya Vijaya who had to be incarnated as Ravana then how come Raja Pratap Bhanu came into the picture.

Please explain.

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    Tulsi das ji has listed down many stories of Ravan birth, and Rama birth. This is to signify that there are many Ramayans, and this cycle has happened many times in past (in his own words)
    – sbharti
    Commented Jan 15, 2022 at 5:40
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    Can you give exact "doha" where this is said. Commented Jan 15, 2022 at 6:22
  • @hanugm why did you remove ramayana tag ? Commented Jan 15, 2022 at 6:23
  • I think that Ramcharitmanas is more apt for this question since you are mentioned in this question. Any issue?
    – hanugm
    Commented Jan 15, 2022 at 6:26
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    Does this answer your question? What does the expression "kalpa bheda" mean?
    – YDS
    Commented Jan 17, 2022 at 3:40

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I have a same question and I tried to research a bit and sharing a summary of what I found till now - as close to what sbharti said, there are primarily 2 stories of Ravana's past, one beling Jay/Vijaya and the other being King Bhanupratap. It seems Tulsidas Ramayan and other stories indicate the possibility of parallel universe and multiple phases leading to a common conclusion...

Interesting fact among all is, how even after being cursed to be born in rakshasha kul, Ravana behaved atrocious and sinful life, however his brother Vibhishana led a life of nobility and dharam even though he lived among the company of pervert rakshasas. Vibhishana in my opinion is one of the great characters to learn from on how to lead a life and stay on path of dharma even when time and surroundings are not in your favor and filled with negative influences. refer to this link which somewhat explains a different perspective too: https://www.vedadhara.com/who-was-ravana-in-his-previous-birth

Jai Shri Ram!

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