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Ravana – A Multidimensional Character- Posing A Real Challenge

Ravana – A Multidimensional Character- Posing A Real Challenge

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Ravana, one of the most powerful beings ever to roam the earth is also known as the supreme anti-hero in Ramayana- one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. Ravana is a multidimensional character projecting both his vices and his academic prowess in equal measure.

He was the king of Rakshasas –  the demon king of Lanka and is depicted with 10 heads and 20 arms, giving him the name of “Dasamukha” (10 faced) or “Dasagriva” (10 headed). He was born to Sage Vishravan and Asura mother Kaikashi. 

Raavana was a great warrior as well as a learned scholar. Ravana’s 10 heads symbolise the 6 Shastras and 4 Vedas, making him a great scholar and the most intelligent person of his time. He was a master of 64 types of Knowledge and all arts of Weaponry.

Ravana-Master of Science

He was well versed with Ayurveda. Ravana was a great Aryuvedic physician and Vaidya Shiromani. He wrote valuable books on ayurveda. Ravan was an extraordinary Veena player.

Ravana Mask made by Chhau Mask Making artisans of West Bengal

Ravana-A scholar of Vedas

A highly learned Brahmin, He is known to have compiled Sama Veda with the relevant musical svaras (notes) and his Shiva Tandava Stotra is yet the most popular hymn ever sung in praise of Lord Shiva. His ten heads thus stood for this multiplicity of his genius. 

Significance of Ravana’s Ten Heads

In congruence with the duality of existence, Ravana’s 10 heads also symbolise the 10 emotions or senses in man: Kama (lust), Krodha (anger), Moha (delusion), Lobha (greed), Mada (pride), Maatsyasya (envy), Manas (mind), Buddhi (intellect), Chitta (will) and Ahamkara ( the ego). 

Folklore of Ravana & Ravana Dahan

The Ramayana and the folklore of Ravana has had a profound impact on art and culture in the Indian subcontinent. Indians follows ‘Ravana Dahan‘, a ritual of burning effigies of demon king Ravana with fireworks, symbolizing evil’s destruction. ‘Ravana Dahan‘ commemorates the day when Lord Rama killed Ravana, as written in the epic.

Ravana Dahan on Dussehra Pic Courtesy: Patrika

Ravana Dart Boart- Inspired by the folklore of Ravana

Inspired by the folklore of Ravana, Indic Inspirations brings you a dart board with the 10 faces! Use the dart board to AIM for the GOOD – knowledge of the Shastras, Vedas or as symbols of modern day knowledge OR aim to get rid of any of your VICES and limitations such as Anger, Greed and Envy. Thats the duality that symbolised Ravana’s TEN Heads! Aim for Ravana’s navel, his nemesis – your BULL’S EYE! 

Use this eco-friendly method to celebrate Ramlila, aim at this reusable board instead of burning Ravana’s effigy on Dusherra day!! Made from eco-friendly cork material this dart board will keep you and your family and friends entertained with a sport and a story.

SHOP THE RAVANA DART BOARD HERE. Enjoy the game with friends and family or with your kids as you relive your childhood and discuss the story of the triumph of good over evil, that you first heard as a child from your grand-parents! The dartboard game includes 6 matching darts and Gaming Instructions. Power to you, to overcome all evils!

Posted by Meghadipa Roy Chowdury in Indic Stories, 0 comments