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Rāvaṇa is the primary antagonist in the Hindu epic Ramayana.

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Where did Ravana keep his Mulabala forces?

Sriraman Bhattachar Swami is the chief priest of the Devadiraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Therazhundur, which is the birthplace of Kamban, the Sri Vaishnava poet who composed the famous Kamba Ramayana. ...
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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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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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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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Death of Ravana, his Karma or Destiny?

On the battlefield when Rama shot an arrow to kill Ravana, Laxman was directed by Rama to go and get his best advice. The first thing Raavan told Lakshman was that one should complete any auspicious ...
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Who killed whom in Ramayana?

I need a consolidated list of who killed whom in Ramayana. List should be like this: Ram - Ravan Ram - Kumbhkarn Laksman - Meghanad Laxman - Atikay Hanuman - Akshay Kumar I couldn't find this info ...
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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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Does Devi Bhagavata Purana asserts that Sita was Mandodari and Ravana's Daughter?

According to Wikipedia Sources, Devi Bhagavata Purana mentions Mandodari was Sita's Mother, as well the same is mentioned in Abhuta Ramayana, If So, Where is the Respective Mentions for the Same.
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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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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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Did Rama and Ravana agree to rules of war, as was done in the Mahabharata?

I think Ravana says Rakshasas don't have dharmic rules of war. Did Ravana's side fight adharmically all the time, or did they show fair play on occasion? Was destroying Indrajit's Yagna to prevent ...
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Did Ravana from Ramayana lust over Goddess Parvati?

I was reading an answer on quora which states that Ravana lusted over Goddess Parvati. Did Ravana lust on goddess Parvati ?
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The real story behind Baijnath and Gokarna

A similar story goes for two different cities. Baijnath and Gokarna. Which one is the correct one? If both of them are true, did Ravana carry Shivlinga twice?
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What was the conversation between Ravana and Lakshmana when Ravana was on death bed [duplicate]

Please provide verse too and sources. What are the conversations between them and where it is mentioned with verse numbers. There are no shastric evidence in other questions
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Did Ravana compose any music?

In T.V. serials, Ravana is always portrayed as a demon and never shown as a musician. Did Ravana compose any music?
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Why did ravana send his warriors one by one?

Ravana was a good tactician . He sent Indrajit first to destroy the army .He started realising that Rama is no usual warrior so he deliberately woke kumbhakarna up . But he never sent a combination of ...
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Previous births of Indrajit and Meghavāhana

Just then a muni, named Aprameyabala, who had four kinds of knowledge, came to the garden Kusumāyudha. In that same place at night his brilliant omniscience appeared and the gods held an omniscience-...
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Is it true that Ghatotkacha had the Ravana bow as well as demons from the Ravana clan?

Quora answers, like this claim that Ghatotkacha had Ravana's bow, demons of Ravana's clan and even his floats. Is this true?
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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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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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Is Kuvera Rākṣasendra? Where is Rākṣasendra mentioned in the Mahābhārata? What is the source [Ann.111]?

Source: https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/rakshasendra. It says it means Rāvaṇa (I find this unlikely), or Kuvera (which would bring about more questions, but will also answer a few). Where in the ...
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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 Shurpanaka take revenge on Ravana using Sita?

I have come across some hear say versions like Shurpanaka took revenge on Ravana using Sita, for the killing of her husband Vidyutjihva.. We have the description of killing of shurpanaka husband in ...
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What happened to Surpanakha after Ravana's death?

What happened to Surpanakha after Ravana's death. I heard some stories related to her which I refused to believe in. I couldn't find any post which mentions what happened to her. Is there any ...
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Is it true that Ravana was invited when Rama established a Shiva Lingam in Rameshwaram? [duplicate]

I keep hearing a story which follows as Rama needed a bridge to cross the ocean to reach Lanka, in order to defeat Ravana. He decided to conduct a Yagna to worship Lord Shiva at Rameshwaram. As he ...
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Who is Kaal Purush?

I watch the TV Series called Jai Jai Jai Bajrang Bali. There Ravana (king of Lanka) tries to stop Kaal Purush after Kaal Purush denies to answer Ravana's questions. He is shown as a person who rides ...
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Real story behind Ravana's death [duplicate]

I came across two stories on how Ravana was killed by Rama but not sure which one is correct. Story 1 : Rama used Brahmastra to kill Ravana. Brahmastra was so powerful that it killed Ravana ...
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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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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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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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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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Who wrote Ravana kaviyam?

Need answers to the following questions in order to clear my doubts: Who was the writer of Raavana Kaviyam? What was the reason to write it? To which state does the author belong to?
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Did Ravana's boon of invulnerability include the trimurtis?

तेन गन्धर्व यक्षाणाम् देवतानाम् च रक्षसाम् | अवध्योऽस्मि इति वागुक्ता तथेति उक्तम् च तन् मया || १-१५-१३ "Ravana said while seeking boon that, 'I shall not be killed by gandharva-s, yaksha-s, or ...
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Did Hanuman sneak into Ravana’s palace to steal three arrows?

I read somewhere that during the Ram-Ravana duel, when Lord Ram couldn't defeat him, Hanuman entered into Ravana's palace and stole three arrows which were meant to kill Ravana and then offered it to ...
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Is there any evidence that Ravana was an ancestor of present day Sinhalese of Sri Lanka?

Ravana's Sri Lanka: "By examining the public discourse on Ravana that has been widespread among Sinhalese in the recent past, this paper suggests that the Sinhala nation is perhaps on the verge of ...
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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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