October 3, 2014 Leave a comment
In mythology,Ravana is the son of a Brahmin father, the great sage Vishrava or Vesamuni and a Kshatriya mother, the Daitya rakshasa princess Kaikesi. His grandfather, the sage Pulastya, was one of the ten Prajapatis or mind-born sons of Brahma and one of the Saptarishi ,Seven Great Sages, in the first Manvantara.
Ravana was both aggressive and arrogant but at the same time he was also an exemplary scholar, an able administrator and great devotee of Lord Shiva.
Ravana performed an intense penance or tapasya to Lord Shiva, lasting several years. During his penance, Ravana chopped off his head 10 times as a sacrifice to appease Lord Shiva. Each time he sliced his head off a new head arose, thus enabling him to continue his penance. At last, Lord Shiva, pleased with his austerity, appeared after his 10th decapitation and offered him a boon. Ravana asked for immortality, which Shiva refused to give, but gave him the celestial nectar of immortality. The nectar of immortality, stored under his navel, dictated that he could not be vanquished for as long as it lasted.Ravana also asked for absolute invulnerability from and supremacy over Gods, heavenly spirits, other rakshasas, serpents, and wild beasts. Contemptuous of mortal men, he did not ask for protection from these. Shiva granted him these boons in addition to his 10 severed heads and great strength by way of knowledge of divine weapons and magic. Read more of this post