I heard that Ravana thought to do some good things to this world, specifically three things. I remember only one which is removing salt from oceans and making the water drinkable.

I heard that these thoughts were before he abducts Goddess Sita.

Can someone please list those three things which Ravana thought to do? and also why he didn't do those things? (Was he got diverted somehow?)

  • On a side note, I am sure if Ravan had converted ocean into drinking water, Man would have exploited it and made it dirty again :D. Or worse Man would have consumed and exhausted the entire ocean!! – Sai Feb 17 '15 at 17:58
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    I didn't heard something like this, so it may happen there is local story construct around Ravan. – Kiran Feb 19 '15 at 11:58
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    It's not in the Valmiki Ramayana. – Keshav Srinivasan Apr 4 '15 at 17:27
  • I also haven't heard this type of things ... if this so ..then let us know the source of this info . – suneet saini Apr 7 '15 at 7:06

Raavan thought to do the following 4 things:

  • Making sea water drinkable
  • Making Moon Scarless
  • Building staircase from earth to heaven
  • Making Fire smoke free.

I heard these from many saints in satsangs. Sorry, I don't have many references but I am attaching this YouTube video link (starts from 7.31 min) of this brahmagyani saint.

  • Thanks now I remembered that I heard these same things but I didn't heard the last one. – Mr_Green Jun 23 '15 at 14:19
  • Making moon scarless is not in the list the other three are correct – user5452 Apr 24 '16 at 3:05
  • I have even heard that a son would never die in front or father. – Rishabh Sharma Oct 9 '16 at 12:06

This is related to only what I have heard in Childhood ,no Links for 3rd one, these are the 3 things Ravana has wished for ,

Please note these links may not be reliable source

  1. Stair case to heaven from Lanka
  2. Bringing Shiva to Lanka
  3. Bring Very Nice Smell/Fragnance to Lanka

His bringing Shiva to Lanka is failed and we have Jyotir Lingam story related to that which is known as VaidyaNath Jyotir Lingam.


Rama goes to Ravana after killing him in the battlefield. During the time when Ravana lay down dying and even unable to rise, Rama seeks advice from Ravana in that state about secrets of statecraft.

One of the advices he gave Rama is " Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today !" ... I wanted to have a staircase built from heaven to Sri Lanka, but alas.." and so on , as others here also have narrated.

Ravana bragging about HeavenStairCase

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    You can cite some sources. – Pandya Oct 9 '16 at 11:01
  • C.Rajagopalachry, Ramayana around 1957 iirc – Narasimham Mar 3 at 17:48

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