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Rāvaṇa is the primary antagonist in the Hindu epic Ramayana.

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Why could not Ravana pick up Shiva's bow during Sita's svayamwar?

When Ravana was the greatest worshipper of Lord Shiva, why could not he pick up Shiva's bow during mother Sita's svayamwar? And is Ravana rightly termed to be the cruelest and most wicked rakshasa?
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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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What is the story of Goddess Kali fighting with Ravana?

There is a story of Goddess Kali fighting with Ravana. What are the details of this encounter between the two?
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Correct horoscope of Lord Rama and Ravana

Where can I the find correct horoscope of Lord Rama and Ravana?
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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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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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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 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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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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Did Rama shoot Ravana in the navel or chest?

Some sources indicate that Rama shot Ravana in the navel and not the chest. What is accurate? Do all the different versions of the Ramayana have the same story regarding this? For example, do Valmiki ...
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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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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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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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When did lord Hanuman fight with Ravana?

By reading @krishna's comment on this answer, come to know that lord Hanuman was not that powerful to fight with Ravana. So when did Hanuman fight with Ravana? Read the comment below Hanuman fell ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there any story where Ravana came to perform a Yagna for Lord Rama?

I read a story on a forum which is as follows: Rama needed a bridge to be built across the ocean to reach Lanka, in order to defeat Ravana. The night before they started their preparations, he ...
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How many days did Ravana keep Sita confined?

How many days did Ravana keep Sita confined? I have searched many sites over the internet but wasn't able to find an answer to this question. Can anyone help me?
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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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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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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 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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Why did only Lord Rama kill Ravana?

As we know there were many people who could have killed Ravana, like Lord Hanuman and Jambavan. But they didn't kill Ravana. Only Lord Rama did. Why?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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