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Rāvaṇa is the primary antagonist in the Hindu epic Ramayana.

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Why did Hanuman not talk to Mandodari? How did he find out she is not Seetha?

In the Ramayana of Valmiki, Hanuman goes to Lanka and sees the body of Ravan's wife Mandodari, Hanuman believes that she is Seetha (even though she's not in actuality), so why did Hanuman not come in-...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Did Ravana write any books?

Consider the following statement about Ravana from wikipedia: Ravana is also depicted as the author of the Ravana Samhita, a book on Hindu astrology and book Arka Prakasham; book on Siddha ...
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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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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 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 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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Who were the sons of Varuna killed by Ravana?

In Yuddha Kanda, Chapter 7, when the ministers are eulogising Ravana about his qualities, they say that the four sons of Varuna were killed (defeated?) by Ravana. śūrāḥ ca balavantaḥ ca varuṇasya ...
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What was the nakshatra and gotra of Ravana?

I was looking for details about Ravana's nakshatra but could not find reliable information.Is there any Texts that mention Ravana's nakshatra and other astrological details? For the gotra,I found out ...
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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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What happened to Ravana's body after his death?

As per this YT Video, it is said Ravana's body antim samskara never happened and some tribe people tried to cure him but couldn't make any success. Is this really true? If not what really happened ...
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Why did Ravana abduct lord Rama's mother Kausalya?

I heard it for the first time from a purohit around me but I am confused because I have never heard such a story. So, I would like to know what is the story and why did Ravana abduct lord Rama's ...
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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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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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Did Ravaan kill Surpanakha's husband?

While scrolling through Surpanakha's page on Wikipedia, there it was written that Ravaan had eaten Surpanakha's husband (Vidyutjiva) Here is a part of the page --------- At the time of conquering ...
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How many sons did Ravana have?

Ravana had six brothers and two sisters: I know about him but how many sons of Ravana are Except Indrajit?
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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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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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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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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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Did Mandodari marry Vibhishana after Ravana was killed?

Is it true that after lord Rama defeated Ravana and declared Vibhishana the king, Vibhishana married Mandodari?
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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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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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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 ...
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Did Rama told Ravana to “go today, come tomorrow”?

In Tamil version Kamba Ramayanam by Kambar, it is said during war, one day on the verge of Ravana's defeat, Rama gave chance to Ravana, to go today and come tomorrow for fight. Does this appear in ...
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What is the story of Kubera's sons?

While scrolling through the Wikipedia page of Lord Kubera, I saw that it was written Kubera's son's wife was Rambha who was raped by Ravana. So, what is this story? Also, His sons were cursed into two ...
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What was the relationship between Ravan and Tadaka?

I remember watching some mythological in which Ravan calls Mareech his mama i.e. maternal uncle. But Mareech and Subahu were the sons of Tadka so does that make Ravan the grandson of Tadka? I checked ...
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Why Lakshmana did not tell the name of Ravana to Hanuman even he knows?

Jataayu tells to Rama that Ravana abducted the Sita "Oh, boy Rama, blest is your eternality, for whom you are searching as with the search of a rejuvenescent herb in the vast of forest, Ravana ...
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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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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 Yama fighting with Ravana?

What is the story of Lord Yama and devil Ravana's fighting.
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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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Verse in ramanyan when Sita warns Ravan to dare not touch her

What is the verse when Sita warns Ravan of touching her in Lanka
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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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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 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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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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Is Ravana ever depicted as fighting with more than two hands?

from Encyclopedia Britanica: Goddess Durga fought wielding weapons in many arms. In the Banasura-Krishna fight, Banasura used all his thousand arms with five hundred bows to rain arrows on Krishna. ...
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Any books with Ravana point of view?

Is there any book ,which is written from Ravana's point of view ? Like the book containing details regarding why he performed certain actions which are treated bad in Rama's point of view. Is there ...
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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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If Kartavirya Arjuna could invade lanka and capture Ravana, without any help from a army (according to Vayu Puran) then why couldn't Rama do the same?

I know that their are other versions of this story but these two screenshots are from Vayu Purana pages 101 and 104. No version of this story mentioned Kartavirya needing to build a bridge to get to ...
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What is Ravana gita, is it ever mentioned in any puran?

I have heard of Ravana gita many times in which purana is it mentioned and please give the verses too.