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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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When was Ravana hit by the Sudarshana Chakra?

Ravana was hit with Sudarshana Chakra in his war with Gods. विष्णु चक्र निपातैः च शतशो देव संयुगे | अन्यैः शस्त्रैः प्रहारैः च महायुद्धेषु ताडितम् || ३-३२-१० His body bears hundreds of welts ...
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Did Ravana kill Brihaspati's brother?

There are two versions of this story that I know. One version can be found in Mahabharata, Ashwamedha Parva SECTION IX and SECTION X. Vrihaspati said, "O Indra, I have heard that Marutta will ...
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Weapon with which Rama killed Ravana

The answer is present in Valmiki's Ramayana Mathili tells to Lord Rama O, Lord! You can employ a mystic missile presided over by Brahma the lord of creation. The time for his destruction has come now,...
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Was Ravana not able to lift the Earrings of Hiranyakashipu?

The story is told in this chapter of the Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana. Ravana is going around in the Patalalokas, trying to conquer everything in sight, when he comes across a palace, which he soon ...
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Why did Hanuman not talk to Mandodari? How did he find out she is not Seetha?

It is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kanda, Sarga 10 that Lord Hanumana seen many women there in the palace of Ravana but when he saw Mandodari, because of her beauty and appearance he thought ...
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How much was Ravana able to succeed in lifting the Bow in Sita Svayamvara

The story of Ravana attending Sita’s swayamvar and his encounter with the Shiva Dhanush has not been described in the Valmiki Ramayana. The Manas only mentions him having tested it much before the ...
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Ravana - Who were his parents and siblings?

Ravana's parents were Vishrava (son of Pulastya) and Kaikesi (daughter of Sumali and Thataka). Kaikesi had two brothers Maricha and Subahu which would effectively make them Ravana's uncles. Ravana ...
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Translation of Valmiki Ramayana 3-53-25

There is a website developed and maintained by IIT Kanpur. It is Valmiki Ramayana project by Rashtriya Sanskrita Vidya Peetham, Tirupati. I am providing the translation from the same source. एतच्चा...
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Origin of Ravana's name

The story of Ravana's name occurs in Chapter 16 of the Uttara-Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. The Sanskrit text has been taken from Srimad Valmiki Ramayana Uttar Kanda by DP Sharma and Sanskrit Documents. ...
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Where did Ravan go after his death by lord Ram?

Ravana was not liberated or didn't go to heaven after being killed by Śrī Rāma. He was born again as Śiśupāla in the 28th Dwapara Yuga. Ravana was rebirth of one of the gatekeepers of Vaikunta. He was ...
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Who is Arjuna, who had captured Ravana at Narmada river?

The king name is Arjuna. As he was the son of the king Krritavirya, he was also famously known as Kartivirya. He is the ruler of Haihayas with Mahishmathi as the capital. He had thousand arms. This ...
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