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Rāvaṇa is the primary antagonist in the Hindu epic Ramayana.

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Translation of Valmiki Ramayana 3-53-25

The verse is as follows, etat ca anyat ca paruSam vaidehii raavaNa a.nka gaa | bhaya shoka samaaviSTaa karuNam vilalaapa ha || 3-53-25 एतत् च अन्यत् च परुषम् वैदेही रावण अंक गा । भय शोक समाविष्टा ...
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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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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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Which king was more powerful between Kārtavīryārjuna and Rāvaṇa, and did they ever share their thrones with each other?

[This is a question I'd asked on Yahoo! Answers some time ago which did not elicit any particularly helpful responses thereat.] Both the thousand-armed Hehaya king Kārtavīryārjuna and the ten-headed ...
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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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Are Dhanyamalini and Mandodari one and the same?

In Sundara Kanda, a mention was made about Dhanyamalini, wife of Ravana. After a heated debate with Sita, Ravana reminds her, with a mind full of lust and anger, of the deadline of 2 more months for ...
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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 is the story of the birth of Mandodari?

What is the story of the birth of Mandodari (Ravana's wife) ? And how she get married with Ravana ?
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In Jain Ramayana, who killed the Ravana? Rama or Lakshmana? [duplicate]

Someone told me that, in the Jain Ramayana, it is Lakshmana killed Ravana and not Rama? Is it true?
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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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What was Shri Rama's response after the death of Kumbhakarna and Ravana?

I remember watching in one of the versions of Ramayana on TV that Shri Rama praised Kumbhakarna as a great warrior after he was killed. Did Shri Rama respond in any manner to their deaths? If so, what ...
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What is the symbolism behind the ten heads of Ravana? [duplicate]

Ravana is depicted to have ten heads. Is there any symbolism behind this?
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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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Teachings of Ravana [duplicate]

I've heard that at the time of Ravana's death, Lord Rama sent his younger brother Lakshmana to take guidance from him on life. I have read several versions of it; one of them is this. But not sure ...
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What is the story of Yama fighting with Ravana?

What is the story of Lord Yama and devil Ravana's fighting.
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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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Isn't it non-human to burn Raavan's effigy (Raavan Dahan) during Dussera?

During childhood, I used to get excited (not happy though) seeing Raavana's effigy being burnt. People around used to dance and cheer. But for many years, not only I find it idiotic but also non-human....
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Who was Nandiiswara? [duplicate]

According to some puranas, Nandi was born to sage Shilada, who got him by the grace of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva blessed the child and declared that he would be worshiped along with Him and become his ...
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Why there was Amrit under the Naabhi(Navel) of Ravana? Is it true?

Why there was Amrit under the Naabhi(Navel) of Ravana? Is it true? What does our scripture say about how Ravana got the Amrit in his Naabhi?
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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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