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How did Goddess Sita protect herself in Ravana's palace?

Ravana was not able to force himself on Sita due to a curse he had received years earlier, as described in this excerpt from the Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana. Ravana and his army were once camped on ...
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Was Ravana actually a villain? Or was he a devotee of Lord Vishnu?

Was Ravana actually a villain? Yes, he was. If by villain we mean someone who trades the path of unrighteousness then Ravana was nothing less than a villain: जप जोग बिरागा तप मख भागा श्रवन सुनइ ...
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Why did Laxman get injured by Indrajit's 'shakti' weapon?

First of all, Indrajit never tried to use a Brahmastra, Narayanastra or Pashupatastra in the war (although he did use a Brahmastra against Hanuman during Hanuman's pror visit to Lanka, as I discuss in ...
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How did Ravana get the golden city of Lanka?

The story of Lanka is described in detail in the Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana. (The links in my answer link to different excerpts from the Uttara Kanda.) There were three Rakshasa (demon) brothers ...
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Ages of Ramayana's characters

As you probably know, the birth of Rama and his brothers was caused by Dasharatha's wives drinking divine Payasa obtained from the fire of the Putrakameshti Yagna (ritual for having sons). As a ...
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Did Ravan speak Sanskrit?

Yes, Ravana did speak Sanskrit. In fact, in this chapter of the Sundara Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana, Hanuman hesitates before speaking to Sita in Lanka, because he's afraid that Sita will mistake ...
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Why did only Lord Rama kill Ravana?

One important reason goes far back to even before Ravana was born. Ravan was actually one of the two gatekeepers at Lord Vishnu's abode Vaikuntha. Once, they stopped the four Sanat kumaras from ...
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Did Ravana have ten heads?

Yes, Ravana literally had ten heads. This excerpt from the Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana describes Ravana's birth: [T]he girl [Kaikeshi]... after a length of time brought forth a very terrible and ...
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Why Ravana of Ramayana is worshipped like god and also considered as a demon?

If we go by Uttar Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana then his act of Kidnapping Sita is also considered not bad. It is told he did it to get liberation from hand of Rama. The Story is in Section XLIII of Uttar ...
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Was Ravana actually a villain? Or was he a devotee of Lord Vishnu?

As far as Ravana was concerned, he had a genuine enmity with Rama. But Ravana and Kumbhakarna were actually incarnations of two great devotees of Vishnu, Jaya and Vijaya. The story is told in this ...
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What did Kashyapa do with the Earth after he received it from Parashurama?

Apparently the Mahabharata tells the story of Parashurama twice - once in the Vana Parva as I linked to in my question, but also once in the this chapter of the Shanti Parva. And it's the second ...
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Did Rama really send Lakshmana to receive wisdom from Ravana after his fall in war?

Lakshmana did not have a conversation with Ravana on his death bed; there was no time to have a such a conversation, since Ravana was killed as soon as he was struck by Rama's Brahmastra (which I ...
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How many days did Ravana keep Sita confined?

Ravana kidnapped maa Sita in the season of Hemanta (comes before winter) and had given Her twelve months time to make up Her decision to accept Ravana before his demons kill Her: शृणु मैथिलि मत् वा...
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Did Rama shoot Ravana in the navel or chest?

Ramcharitmanas tells that 31 arrows flew simultaneously and 10 cut the heads of Ravana, 20 cut his arms and 1 hit the navel whereas Valmiki Ramayana tells that a single arrow hit Ravana's chest. As ...
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Different Ramayanas

The two great epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata have been so popular in expressing human nature and prescribing Dharma that every author, every culture has adopted them to suit their founding principles....
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What was the reward given by Sri Rama to Jatayu for fighting Ravana?

Sri Rama had performed the final rites of Jatayu and wished him to go to the worlds that can be attained only by righteous people, highly souled people. This incident is described in Valmiki Ramayana, ...
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How did Ravan get 10 heads? What are the names of those heads?

Ravana was born with ten heads. His birth is mentioned in the Chapter 9 of Uttara Kanda Uttara Kanda of Ramayana as well as this answer by user Keshav Srinivasan. It is written that he was born ...
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Why did Sita have a past life?

Contrary to popular belief, Sita was not the next birth of Brihaspati's granddaughter Vedavati. This confusion arises from an even more fundamental fact about the Ramayana that few people are ...
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Why did Lord Rama give a second chance to Ravana, but not to Vali?

Vali was given enough of chances by Sugriva. Sugriva wanted peace, but Vali denied this. Lord Rama knew this, so there is no point in giving Vali another chance. Further, to follow dharma, Lord Rama ...
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How did Hanuman's tail catch fire?

The purpose behind Lord Hanumanas act of burning Lanka -: Lord Hanuman thought that burning the Lanka will bring some small help to Lord Rama in his task of freeing Devi Sita. दुर्गे विनाशिते ...
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Did Ravana have knowledge about Rama being an avatar of Vishnu?

No, he was not aware of this fact. Some of his well wishers tried to say this but he abused them and rejected their advices saying Sri Rama was a human being. Many advised him that Sri Rama was not an ...
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What happened to the Pushpak chariot taken by lord Rama?

Who created Pushpaka Vimana and for whom? Pushpaka Vimana was created by celestial architect Vishwakarma for Lord Brahma. ब्रह्मणो अर्थे क्ऱ्तम् दिव्यम् दिवि यद् विश्व कर्मणा | विमानम् पुष्पकम् ...
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Was Ravana a vegetarian?

Ravana was not a vegetarian. As per UTTARA KANDA of Valmiki Ramayana, this is what Ravana did in king Marutta's Maheshvara yajna: And then devouring the Maharshis that were present at the place of ...
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What is the story behind Kumbhakarna's sleep?

The story is told in this excerpt from the Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana. Ravana was told by his father Vishravas that he should attain the status of his half-brother Kubera the god of wealth. (...
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How many days did Ravana keep Sita confined?

As I discuss in my answer here Padma Purana, Patala Khanda chapter 36 gives each and every Tithi of Ramas life in detail. It states: दशैकाधिकमासांस्तुचतुर्दशाहानिमैथिली । उवासरामरहितारावणस्यानि...
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Weapon with which Rama killed Ravana

Rama did not kill Ravana with Vasishta's weapon.. As I discuss in this answer, Rama killed Ravana with a Brahmastra, and it was given to him by the sage Agastya, not his guru Vasishta. Here is how ...
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Why is Ravan considered a Rakshasa?

In the famous dialogue between Yama (in form of Yaksha) and King Yudhishthira there is mention about the eligibility to be a a brahmin. The verse goes as follows(Question no-31): The Yaksha asked,—“...
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Was Ravana not able to lift Pinaka aka 'The Shiva Dhanush'?

The details regarding the Swayamvara of Sita (avatar of Goddess Lakshmi), are mentioned in two chapters as under, in the Valmiki Ramayana:- Book I : Bala Kanda - The Youthful Majesties, Chapter [...
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How many wives did Ravana have?

Ravana has multiple wives. The following lines from sarga 10 of Sundara Kanda confirms it That Hanuma saw in the house of that king of Rakshasa's, wives at the feet, Ravana being a gigantic one ...
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