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Posted: 24 July 2007 at 5:14am | IP Logged
In this thread, I will post stories related to the character Ravan from scriptures.
Source:-
1. Valmiki Ramayana by poet Valmiki
2. Adhyatma Ramayana, a part of Brahmanda Purana by sage Veda Vyasa
3. Tulsidas Ramacharitmanas by Goswami Tulsidas
4. Srimad Bhagavat Mahapuran by Veda Vyasa

There are some other sources also but mostly I will post based on above four.  

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Ravan and Kumbhkarn were Lord Visnu's doorkeepers
In a previous birth Ravan and Kumbhkarn were Visnu's doorkeepers. They had to come to Earth because of a curse by Kumar brothers.
The Kumar brothers are Sanak Kumar, Sanandan Kumar, Sanatan Kumar, and Sanat Kumar. They were mind born sons of Brahma. Even in their advanced age, they looked very young because of their spiritual powers. They had no attachment to any material possessions. Using their spiritual powers, they freely moved around the universe.

One day they went to Vaikunth to meet Lord Visnu. They were stopped by Jay and Vijay (the doorkeepers of Visnu). Jay and Vijay thought the Kumar brothers to be children and made fun of them.

Kumar brothers did not like that the doorkeepers of Lord could behave like this. They got angry and cursed Jay and Vijay that they two would be born on planet Earth.

Visnu came there. On seeing Him, Kumar brothers forgot all anger. They worshipped Visnu and, after some time, left.

Visnu told Jay and Vijay that He was capable of overruling the curse but He did not want to do so. When Jay and Vijay pleaded that they could not live being separate from their Lord, then Visnu said to them, "You will have to undergo three births. In all those three births you will be killed by me. At the end of three births, you will come to me."

If Lord Visnu personally kills somebody then that person is considered very fortunate.

The first birth of Jay and Vijay was as Hiranyaksh and Hiranyakashipu. Visnu took boar incarnation and killed Hiranyaksh; he took Nrisimha (half man, half lion) incarnation and killed Hiranyakashipu.

The second birth was as Ravan and Kumbhkarn. Lord Visnu took human incarnation as Ram and killed Ravan and Kumbhkarn.

The third birth was as Shishupal and Dantwakra. Lord Visnu came to Earth as Krishna and killed Shishupal and Dantwakra.

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Posted: 24 July 2007 at 3:42pm | IP Logged
great story

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The birth of Ravan

The demons Malyavan, Mali and Sumali were brothers. Because of a boon from Lord Brahma they became very powerful. They terrorized gods. On their command, Vishwakarma(the architect of gods) built the beutiful city of Lanka. The gods went to Lord Visnu to seek help. After that in a fight between demons and gods, Visnu killed Mali with his sudarshan chakra(discus), Visnu killed Mali. Malyavan and Sumai ran away from there.
Now gods once again started ruling happily. Malyavan and Sumali lost their kingdom. Sumali was looking for a suitable groom for his daughter Kaikasi. One day he saw Kubel flying in his Pushpak Viman(aircraft). Kuber was sage Vishrava's son and was ruling over Lanka now. Vishrava was a highly respected, very learned sage and possessed great spiritual powers. Vishrawa thought that a son born of a demon lady and a great sage like Vishrawa will be very powerful. He asked Kaikasi to go to Vishrava and marry him.
Kaikasi went to Vishrava. When Vishrava asked her the cause of her arrival, then she introduced herself by saying that her name was Kaikasi and she had come there on the command of her father Sumali. After that she said, "The rest you should know from your own spiritual insight." Vishrava understood everything.
In due course of time, Vishrava and Kaikasi gave birth to three sons and one daughter. The sons were Ravan, Kumbhkarn and Vibhishan. The daughter was Chandranakha(meaning nails like moon). When Chandranakha grew up, then she was called as Surpnakha(meaning nails like winnowing fans). Out of the four children, Ravan was the eldest, after that Kubhkarn, then Chandranakha, and the youngest was Vibhishan. At birth, Ravan was not named Ravan. He was called by names Dashanan(meaning ten heads) and Dashgriva(meaning ten necks). When he was born, he had ten heads, and twenty hands. The name Ravan was given to him much later.

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Posted: 25 July 2007 at 12:31am | IP Logged
Let me know if you want me to explain anything from the stories posted so far.

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Posted: 25 July 2007 at 12:32am | IP Logged
Intresting story. thx for sharing.

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Posted: 25 July 2007 at 9:44am | IP Logged
very goood story. keep posting.

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WOW. This is very awesome! Thanks for your explanations.

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