Ravana performed an intense penance to Brahma (the Creator God), lasting several years. He chopped his head 10 times in anger because Brahma was not appearing for his penance, each time he sliced his head, a new head arose and thus continued his penance. At last Brahma pleased with his austerity appeared and offered him a boon. Ravana asked for immortality, which Brahma refused to give, but instead gave him the celestial nectar of immortality. The nectar of immortality, was stored under his navel, according to which he could not be vanquished till the nectar was dried out.

Ravana then asked for absolute invulnerability and supremacy before gods and heavenly spirits, other demons, serpents, and wild beasts. Contemptuous of mortal men, he did not ask for protection from these. Brahma granted him these boons, and also gave him his 10 heads that he severed. These heads are symbolic of a great strength acquired by Ravana because of his knowledge of divine weapons and sorcery. Thus Ravana known to be ‘Dasamuga’ (meaning: ten heads)

Source: Wikipedia




-Kriti Gupta


~ by kritigupta on October 9, 2009.

One Response to “Ravana”

  1. Nice photos Kriti.

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