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Rāvaṇa is the primary antagonist in the Hindu epic Ramayana.

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Ages of Ramayana's characters

I have not found any specific reference in the Ramayana about: What was the age of Dasharatha when Lord Rama was born? What was the age difference amongst the four brothers (Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata ...
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Was Ravana actually a villain? Or was he a devotee of Lord Vishnu?

Ravana was one of the greatest devotees of Lord Siva. He also worshiped Lord Brahma and the two of them had given him enormous powers. Among the Trimurthis, only Lord Vishnu punished him as Lord Rama. ...
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Why did Sita have a past life?

Sita is the incarnation of the Goddess Lakshmi and is said to have been the reincarnation of Vedavati, also an incarnation of the Goddess Lakshmi. The story about Vedavati seems like only a prelude ...
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Why did Laxman get injured by Indrajit's 'shakti' weapon?

In Ramayana, Indrajit was able to hit Laxman by his special weapon named Shakti. Due to this Laxman went very near to death. Now Lord Hanuman went to Himalaya & brought Sanjivani. This way Laxman ...
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Different Ramayanas

I have heard different tales of Ramayana while travelling to different parts of India. The basic story remains the same but slight differences do exist. What really concerns me is the way Ravan ...
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Why does Lord Shiva fulfill wishes of evil people also?

Ravana was Lord Shiva's devotee. Lord Shiva was impressed with Ravana's tapasya and fulfilled his dream. My question is, Ravana was evil and took Sita from Rama, then why did Lord Shiva help him? I ...
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What did Kashyapa do with the Earth after he received it from Parashurama?

Parashurama is a famous avatara (incarnation) of Vishnu who killed the Kshatriyas (kings) of the world twenty-one times. Since he had defeated all the rulers of the world, he obtained control of the ...
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How did Goddess Sita protect herself in Ravana's palace?

Ravana abducted Goddess Sita with evil intentions to marry her. But he didn't step forward to do so. What protected Goddess Sita from Ravana for more than six months (as far as I know) in Ravana's ...
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How did Ravana get the golden city of Lanka?

In the Ramayana, we know that Ravana was the King of the golden city of Lanka. How did he get this city? I know very little other than that it was offered by Shiva.
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What did Ravana say to Lakshmana?

When Ravana was dying in the battlefield after getting hit by Lord Rama, Lord Rama sent Lakshmana to Ravana. Ravana and Lakshmana had some conversation. What was it all about?
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Why Ravana of Ramayana is worshipped like god and also considered as a demon?

Why Ravana of Ramayana is worshipped like god and also considered as a demon? I know he was a great king who kept his kingdom and administration in an organized manner. He was also a Shiv bhakt. But ...
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Weapon with which Rama killed Ravana

In the Ramayana war, Rama killed Ravana with a weapon given to him by sage Vasishtha. What was the name of the weapon?
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Why did Lord Rama give a second chance to Ravana, but not to Vali?

In Ramayana, Lord Rama gave a chance to Ravana to surrender and sent Angada as his ambassador for peace conciliation. This was because mercy befits a warrior. Why didn't Rama, for the same reason, ...
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What do the 10 heads of Ravana signify?

All Hindus know about Ravana. What do the 10 heads of Ravana signify?
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Did Ravana have ten heads?

Did Ravana really have ten heads? Or is it a mythical concept? If he really had ten heads, who gave him this and what is the story behind it?
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Ravana - Who were his parents and siblings?

Who were the parents of Ravana? What were the names of Ravana's brothers and sisters? And who is the real king of Lanka? Ravana or Vibhishana?
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Origin of Ravana's name

What is the story reference of Ravana, who made a loud cry (thus deriving this name ) crushed by Shiva? { When proud Ravana tried to lift and trouble Shiva on the Kailash mountain).
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What are the curses given to Ravana?

Ravana did many adharmas and got curses which let to the entire destruction of the asura race and him. QUESTION : How many curses were given to ravana and what were the reasons for giving them to ...
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Was Rishi Agastya the uncle of Ravana?

According to the Shrimad Bhagvatam Rishi Agastya was the son of Pulastya and a brother of Vishrava: The sage Añgirã and Sraddhã had four daughters and two sons, Utathya and Brihaspati. The sage ...
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When was Ravana hit by the Sudarshana Chakra?

[Note: To be clear, I am not asking why Ravana wouldn't be harmed or killed by the Sudarshana Chakra; that's obvious. I'm asking why and under what circumstances Vishnu launched the Sudarshana Chakra ...
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Did Shree Hanuman have a child from Raavana's daughter SuvannaMaccha?

While reading about (legendary) creature called Mermaid, I stumbled upon 1 of the examples SuvarnaMaccha. While building Ramasetu, this daughter of Raavana was an obstacle, but later fell in (mutual) ...
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Was there an encounter between Ravana and Ikshvaku king Māndhātā?

Many people know that Vishnu incarnated in the solar dynasty as Rama. But there is also another incarnation who is an ancestor to Rama, Mandhata (AKA Mandhatri). There is already a question about him ...
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Why is Ravan considered a Rakshasa?

Ravana's father was a Brahmin while his mother a Rakshasi. Then why is he considered a Rakshasa, Rather than a Brahmin. Is it because of his actions?
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Is Raavana a rakshasa or a brahmin and how he can be a king too?

First, how is Raavana a rakshasa and a brahmin at the same time? Second, if Raavana is Brahmin, how is he the king of Lanka? Since one's caste was determined based on one's karma, I would think ...
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Which Scripture mentions the famous Shiva Tandava Stotram?

Shiva Tandava Stotram is a hymn dedicated to Lord Shiva and it describes the daily evening dance of Tandava. It also poetically describes destroying aspects of Shiva. Shiva Tandava Stotram mentioned ...
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Did Ravan speak Sanskrit?

One of my Sri Lankan friends claims that Ravana spoke Sinhalese. Is there any place in the Ramayana where the sage Valmiki mentioned about the language of Ravana and his people?
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What is the story behind Kumbhakarna's sleep?

I've heard a lot about the Sleep Lover, Kumbhakarna. Why was he sleeping for so many days continuously? Is there a story behind this?
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Besides Sita, how many other women did Ravana kidnap?

I recently saw a spiritual TV episode on Sundara Kanda and in that the host said that prior to Sita, Ravana kidnapped 25 or so women (I can't recollect the exact number). Is this true? Could someone ...
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What were the three good things Ravana thought to do?

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 ...
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Did Ravana ever meet Parashurama?

Ravana was a great devotee of Lord Shiva and Parashurama is an avatar of Lord Vishnu and also a devotee of Lord Shiva. I know TV serials/comic stories are just baseless so I want to know if Ravana ...
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How did Vali defeat Ravana? What's the story?

There is a mention in the Ramayana that Vali defeated Ravana badly. When and how did it happen? During the duel, why didn't Ravana use any of his divine weapons? I think Vali did not possess any ...
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Boons given to Ravana by Lord Shiva

Ravana was said to be a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva.And it is said that Ravana obtained some boons from Lord Shiva, after doing a lot of penances. What are the boons given to Ravana by Lord Shiva?
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Did Ravana kill Brihaspati's brother?

As I discussed previously in this answer, this excerpt from the Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana describes how a king named Marutha once had a Maheswara Yagna (Shiva ritual) performed, conducted by the ...
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Who was goddess Sita's father? Why are there multiple stories? Which one should we believe?

There have been many accounts as to who actually was the father of goddess Sita. Contrary to what Valmiki's Ramayana says, some of them states that Sita was Ravana's first child whom he abandoned; ...
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Negative Characterisitcs of Women - Ravana

Women are generally loving and we worship women in the form of Lakshmi, Saraswati, Parvati, Durga and others. Our scriptures also tell us to respect women. However, this YouTube video says that some ...
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Who is Arjuna, who had captured Ravana at Narmada river?

Once Ravana is going to river Narmada to challenge with Arjuna to measure his strength. But captured by Arjuna there? Who is Arjuna here? Why did Arjuna capture Ravana? I eager to know the full ...
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How did Hanuman's tail catch fire?

As I know and I've heard from my Hindu friends that, someone put the fire on tail of Hanuman and he lit the whole island of Lanka. My question is, how did Hanuman's tail catch fire or to be more ...
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How were the 10 heads of Ravana arranged?

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 ...
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Which scripture mention an encounter between Ravana and Ikshvaku king Raghu?

This website mention that Lord Rama's ancestor Mahārāja Raghu used Narayanastra on Ravana. Was there an encounter between them? Where is the story can be found?
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How did Hanuman know that Ravana abducted Sita?

Lakshmana did not tell the name of Ravana while introducing themselves and their situation to Hanuman and Lakshmana told the following to Hanuman "He who aspires to keep up the well-being of all ...