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The many lives of Ravana

Not many of us know that Ravana and Kumbhakarna were actually Hiranyaksa and Hiranyakasipu in their previous life and Shishupal and Dantvaktra in their next

We all know the life of in which he abducted Sita and in turn was killed by Rama. But how about his other births and lives? What were the details of them and do they tell us something more about him? Let’s have a look.

In his previous birth, Ravana was said to be one of the two porters (Dwarpaal) of Lord Vishnu called Jai and Vijaya. Once Sanaka, Sanandana and other rishis came to visit Vishnu, who were stopped by porters. This enraged rishis so much that they cursed them to be born in Raksas yoni for their next three births. They also said that in all their births they will be killed by one incarnation of Vishnu.

Due to this curse they were born as and in their next birth. Hiranyaksa was very awe-inspiring. It was because of him that the Prithvi went hiding in Patala loka from where Varaha avatar of Vishnu had to bring her back. Varaha eventually killed Hiranyaksa and rescued people from his terror.

Same goes with Hiranyakasipu. He was blessed by Brahma that nobody in sky or on earth, during day or night, no god of demon can ever kill him. His son Prahlada was a devotee of Vishnu and Hiranyakasipu was not amused by it. Eventually Vishnu came forth to rescue Prahlada and others from him as Narsingh avtara and killed him. Narsingh was neither devta nor raksas, he killed Hiranyakasipu during evening which was neither day nor night and he held Narsingha in such a way that he was neither in sky nor on earth then. Thus Brahma’s boon was nullified.

In Treta Yuga both of these brothers were again born as Ravana and Kumbhakarna, when they were killed by Rama, another incarnation of Vishnu. Finally in Dwapara Yuga, they were born as and Dantvaktra, only to be killed by Krishna, the poorna avtara.
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