Since childhood we have seen Ravana portrayed as the ultimate villain. Here are some interesting facts you should know about him before you judge him:
1. We have always been told that Ravana kidnapped Sita, but according to the Jain version of the ‘Ramayana’, Ravana was the father of Sita.
2. Ravana is called Dashagriva because of his ten heads, which signify his enormous intelligence. He valued good education.
3. Ravana was a scholar of science and medicine. Owning a personalized pushpaka vimana is a strong example of his interest in science.
4. He had remarkable taste in jewelry and clothes, and was also considered very handsome.
5. The Rudra Veena, an Indian classical instrument, was invented by Ravana.
6. Ravana was against casteism.
7. He was a master astrologer.
8. He had various names, one of them was Dashanan. He was the perfect brother and an ideal husband.
9. Ravana was a great devotee of Lord Shiva’s. He worshiped him night and day.
10. Some versions of the ‘Ramayana’ say that the monkey army misbehaved with his wife, Mandodri, but Ravana accepted her without any agnipareeksha!
11. In several places in India and Sri Lanka, people worship Ravana.