Interesting Facts about Ravana


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Ravana’s version of the Ramayana, 'Asura : The Tale of the Vanquished' by Anand Neelakantan.
About the book: The epic tale of victory and defeat… The story of the Ramayana had been told innumerable times. The enthralling story of Rama, the incarnation of God, who slew Ravana, the evil demon of darkness, is known to every Indian. And in the pages of history, as always, it is the version told by the victors, that lives on. The voice of the vanquished remains lost in silence. But what if Ravana and his people had a different story to tell? The story of the Ravanayana had never been told. Asura is the epic tale of the vanquished Asura people, a story that has been cherished by the oppressed outcastes of India for 3000 years. Until now, no Asura has dared to tell the tale. But perhaps the time has come for the dead and the defeated to speak. “For thousands of years, I have been vilified and my death is celebrated year after year in every corner of India. Why? Was it because I challenged the Gods for the sake of my daughter? Was it because I freed a race from the yoke of caste-based Deva rule? You have heard the victor’s tale, the Ramayana. Now hear the Ravanayana, for I am Ravana, the Asura, and my story is the tale of the vanquished.” “I am a non-entity – invisible, powerless and negligible. No epics will ever be written about me. I have suffered both Ravana and Rama – the hero and the villain or the villain and the hero. When the stories of great men are told, my voice maybe too feeble to be heard. Yet, spare me a moment and hear my story, for I am Bhadra, the Asura, and my life is the tale of the loser.” The ancient Asura empire lay shattered into many warring petty kingdoms reeling under the heel of the Devas. In desperation, the Asuras look up to a young saviour – Ravana. Believing that a better world awaits them under Ravana, common men like Bhadra decide to follow the young leader. With a will of iron and a fiery ambition to succeed, Ravana leads his people from victory to victory and carves out a vast empire from the Devas. But even when Ravana succeeds spectacularly, the poor Asuras find that nothing much has changed for them. It is when that Ravana, by one action, changes the history of the world.

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  • Interesting information. I have read about the Ramayana stories in an interesting blog and that was the first time i read about Ramayana. Its quite unbelievable to know that there are so many lesser known stories in Ramayana that turned the tide in favor of Rama. One such story is of Hanuman dancing in Ravana's head.
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  • The greatness of Sage Valmiki is that he presented the characters in Ramayana as he saw them without passing value judgments.Lord Hanuman remarks in the Sundara Kanda on first sighting Ravana that but for the sin of stealing Sita Mata he would have been unstoppable.He was after all the gatekeeper of Lord Vishnu and was keen to return to Vaikuntha at the earliest whatever be the means.
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Interesting Facts about Ravana

  1. 1. Interesting Facts about Ravana
  2. 2. Ravana - The ScholarRavana was a master of many sciences. He was well versed withAyurveda. He has authored Ravana Samhita which talks about thescience of ayurveda. Ravana was also the greatest astrologer of histime, and was aware of esoteric practices similar to black magic. Oncehe captured all the nine planets and vehemently made all of them tobe in lagna bhava to make Meghanatha, his son, the greatest of all.Ravana knew 64 different kinds of arts and had a deep understandingof the vedas.
  3. 3. The villain is also a God!There are several places in India and Sri Lanka where Ravana isworshipped. In Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh there is a huge Shivalingasupposedly installed by Ravana himself. Both Shivalinga and Ravana areworshipped by the fishermen community there. There is one Ravanatemple in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh while there is a Jain temple at Alvar inRajasthan.Thousands of Kanyakubja Brahmins of the village Ravangram ofNetaran, in the Vidisha District of Madhya Pradesh, perform daily puja(worship) in the Ravan temple and offer naivedyam / bhog (a ritual ofsacrifice to the Gods.
  4. 4. Devout follower of ShivaRavana is considered as the most revered devotee of Lord. He is saidto have pleased Shiva with penance to an extent where Shiva handedover an Atma Linga (Soul of Shiva) as a boon to Ravana. Atma Lingawould help Ravana attain immortality and invincibility.Atma Linga would have remained in Ravana’s possession had he notbeen cheated by Devas.
  5. 5. Descendants of RavanaThe Dave Brahmins of Mudgal Gotra Jodhpur/ Mandor who wereoriginally from Gujarat claim to be the descendants of Ravana. Everyyear on Dussehra they perform shraddh (death anniversary ritual)for Ravana. They offer pind daan and take a bath after the ritual.
  6. 6. Partly Brahmin partly DaityaRavana was born to great sage Vishrava and daitya princessKaikesi which made him partly Brahmin and partly daitya.Inspite of he being a mix, Rama had praised Ravana as aMahabrahmin and hence had to perform Ashwamedha Yagna tokill Ravana.Read More in the ‘Look Inside Section’ : click here