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Rāvaṇa is the primary antagonist in the Hindu epic Ramayana.

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If Brahma granted Vibhishana immortality then why did no Rakshasas consider him the king and leader?

Here is an excerpt from Mahabharata for the proof that Vibhishana being given a boon of immortality. Saying, 'It shall be so' 'Brahma then addressed Vibhishana, 'O my son, I am much pleased with ...
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What is the story of the King Nipata?

What is the story of the king called Nipata (who proved to be an equal warrior to Ravan)? Is this story mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana? Uttara Kanda? I found it on Krittivbasi Ramayan only. Ravana ...
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Why were Ravana and Bali (the Asura not Vanara) enemies when Bali's daughter was married to Ravan's brother Kumbhakarna?

Kumbhakarna had two sons, Kumbha and Nikumbha, from his wife Vajramala who too fought in the war against Rama and were killed.
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Was Ravana a vegetarian?

Ravan was half-brahmin and half-demon.His father,the great rishi Vishrava belonged to the Pulastya clan and mother Kaikasi originated from the asura clan.Since he was a brahmin and was the greatest ...
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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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What happened to the Pushpak chariot taken by lord Rama?

It is said that Pushpak chariot was owned by lord Kubera. But later it was forcefully captured by Ravana and then lord Rama took the chariot in the war. And after the Ramayan war lord Rama brings it ...
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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 was Jatayu able to fight with Ravana?

As I heard, Jatayu was able to fight Ravana and almost won. How big he was in size and using what power was he able to fight with Ravana? Do any scriptures say about his power? What are the other ...
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Where did Ravan go after his death by lord Ram?

As ravan was killed by lord Ram, so he should go to heaven. I also read from some post Ravan took rebirth as another Rakhasa and killed by lord Krishna in Mahabharat. Why did Ravan not go to heaven? ...
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How did Ravan get 10 heads? What are the names of those heads?

As Ravan had 10 heads, Does each head have individual names? Did Ravana got all names for his heads? How he had got 10 heads?
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Did Ravana have knowledge about Rama being an avatar of Vishnu?

Did Ravana have knowledge about Rama being an avatar of Vishnu before the battle? If he knows that Ram is Vishnu's Avatar and will be killed by him then why didn't he change himself to save his life?
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Ravana's great-grandfather was Brahma?

I read it somewhere that Ravana's great-grandfather was Brahma, is that true? Are there any valid proof that proves this fact? Heard this for the first time. Got to know about this while researching ...
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Chance of Ravana to win the war against Ram [closed]

If Vibhishan is not in the Rama's side . What is a chance of Ravan to defeat Ram in the war. As we can see that Vibhishan has pretty good impact in the war. like; 1) He told Ram about real ...
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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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Is it written anywhere in Ramayana that Ravana failed to defeat Nivatakavacha and Kalakeyas?

Is it written anywhere in Ramayana that Ravana failed to defeat Nivatakavacha and Kalakeyas? If it is true then can you give me link of that section?
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Ravana Brahmana or Asura? [duplicate]

How could Ravana be an Asura and Brahmin at the same time? Although he was born Brahmin (as son of Pulasthya Brahma) did he become or get declassified as Asura after his egoistic sin ? Are there ...
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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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Mythology geographic location of Indraloka.. Ravana and Mandodari nativity

I find it fascinating that the Indraloka been referred to in very many puranic episodes. I for one believe it is quite a terrestrial place, not so high up in the skies as picturized in so many old ...
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Ravan's Head Asymmetric? [duplicate]

I am a bit confused about how Ravan looked. He had 10 heads. That's an even number. So where did his neck join? I mean the only possible way I can think of is that 4 heads , then the central head, ...
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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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Why didn't Mārīca seek refuge in Rāma like Vibhīṣaṇa did?

Often times, we end up in "to be or not to be" situations where the heart (manas) tells us one thing to do, but our mind (buddhi) says something else. The speaker in this YouTube video (Telugu) ...
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What was the memory/rivalry of Ravana with Bali's son Bana?

In Valmiki Ramayana Sundarakanda, Ravana's son Indrajeet captures Hanuman using Brahmastra. Then he was summoned in Ravana's court. Ravana who was greatly angered due to the destruction of his ...
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What boons did Ravana receive from Lord Brahma?

In Ramayana, it is told that, Ravana, after performing many great penances, received powerful boons from Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva. It is also said that he was protected by Goddess Durga's blessings ...
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If Rama used Brahmastra on Ravana, why didn't Ravana turn to ashes?

Question 1: Did Lord Rama really use the Brahmastra on Ravana to kill him? If he did use it, then, Ravana's entire body should have turned to ashes. It would have even created a major natural ...
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Why didn't Ravana use the Chandrahasa sword against Lord Rama?

From http://ramayana.tigercoder.com/07uttara/uttara_016.html: “After being spoken to in this way by Lord Shiva, Ravana, the lord of Lanka replied: ‘O Lord Shiva, if you are pleased with me, grant ...
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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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Kalidasa on good and bad people

Kalidasa supposedly wrote this verse in the poem Megadootam. मनस्येकं वचस्येकं कर्मण्येकं दुरात्मनाम् | मनस्येकं वचस्येकं कर्मण्येकं महात्मनाम् || manasyEkam vachasyEkam karmaNyEkam ...
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What was the reward given by Sri Rama to Jatayu for fighting Ravana?

Jatayu has a very significant place in the Ramayana epic. When Jatayu saw the mighty Ravana abducting Sita {Goddess Lakshmi} he put up a courageous fight to free Sita {Goddess Lakshmi}, from the all ...
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Why is Ram lila popular in North India than South India?

When thought of Deepavali the question struck my mind--- Krishna killed Narakasura and we celebrate Deepavali. Rama killed Ravana mightier than Narakasura. During vijayadasami, Ramlila is the one we ...
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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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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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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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What is the story of the son of Ravana who was a devotee of Narayana?

I recently saw an episode of TV Serial 'Siya Ke Ram' and there it showed that there was a son of Ravana apart from the common ones we know. I am not sure of his name but it was shown that he was a ...
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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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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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Is It true that Ravana and Mandodari never had a fight between them?

I asked this because of an incident happened to me in the past. I was coming back from Vaishno Devi (Pilgrimage), and it was the Dusshera (Ravana's Death Anniversary) so I visited nearby big field in ...
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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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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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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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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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Is sitting on a camel in a dream inauspicious?

Currently I am reading Sundara Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. In this kanda, there is a sarga/chapter named Trijata Swapnam meaning the dream of the ogre Trijata. She narrates her dream to other ogres and ...
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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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References to Bisrakh in the scriptures

This wiki article says that Bisrakh in Uttar Pradesh is believed to be the birthplace of Ravana. Are any scriptural references available for this?
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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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Was Ravana not able to lift the Earrings of Hiranyakashipu?

This website says that Ravana was not able to lift the earrings of Hiranyakashipu. It says it was when Ravana went to Patala to take help of Maharaja Bali that this event happened. It says: So ...
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What boon did Lankini (demoness of Lanka) get from Brahma?

Before entering Lanka, Hanuman fell Lankini, the demoness of Lanka, with a single decisive blow using his left fist. Lankini then recollects a boon that Brahma had given her earlier. What boon (वरदा...
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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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Did the Vanaras manhandle Mandodari?

According to Wikipedia and other blogs, when Ravana's sons and brothers perish in the war, he performs a Yajna to ensure his success. At that time, Rama sends his army to disrupt the Yajna and as a ...
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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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Why is ravana still worshipped in a few places till today despite being the demon king?

I have seen in films, heard tales about how in south India many people worship ravana, surely they must be following a different folklore version which edifies ravana but isn't Ramayana an universally ...