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Raavan-8: Other Stories of Raavan
1. Who was Raavan and Preamble to Raavan's Birth
Other Stories About Raavan
Raavan and Shani Dev (Saturn)
How Shani Afflicted Raavan
One day Naarad Jee came to Raavan's court and found all of them lying facing down on the steps going to Raavan's throne. Naarad Jee got very sorry for all of them. Naarad Jee knew Shani's power, so he said to Shani - "O Shani Dev, You are the mightiest planet among all the planets, still you are tolerating Raavan's insult each day and you cannot do anything about it, what is this?" Shani said - "What can I do, Rishivar? He has put us facing down, I can't even look at him, once I get the chance to look at him, then you see my power what I can do to him. Ask him to turn me over then leave the rest on me."
Naarad Jee understood. He praised Raavan sky high and said - "O Mighty Raavan, Everything is very good, but there is one thing that I don't like." "What?" Naarad Jee said - "You have 9 planets lying face down here, why not you turn them over so that instead of stepping on their back you step on their chests and see the discomfort on their faces?" Raavan liked this suggestion. As soon as he turned those planets over onto their backs and arranged them neatly on his steps, Shani's gaze fell on him and his mind became perverted. Within a few months, he kidnapped Seetaa, Raam invaded Lankaa, and his all brothers and friends, army and people were all slaughtered in that war - all as a result of Shani's effect on him during his Saadhe Saatee (7 and 1/2 years).
As Ganesh Jee stopped Talaasur's atrocities, he dealt with Raavan too. Raavan was the King of Lankaa. He was very strong and was doing many atrocities to Rishi, Saadhu, women and even kings. Raavan was a great devotee of Shiv Jee. Once he did an intense Tapasyaa for Shiv Jee. Shiv Jee appeared before him and asked him to ask for a Var. Raavan asked him to give him his "Aatm Ling". Aatm Ling is the reflection of Shiv Jee in the form of Ling. The presence of this Ling is as good as Shiv himself. It was Raavan's thought that if he had that Ling, the power of Shiv, he would not be defeated by anybody. Shiv Jee was bound to his words so he had to give his "Aatm Ling" to Raavan but he warned him that if he would keep it on ground even for a moment he would lose it and he would never get it back. After saying this Shiv Jee disappeared.
Seeing that "Aatm Ling" in Raavan's hand, Devtaa trembled with fear. Now they were in great danger. They did not know to who to go for help. Then they remembered their leader Ganesh Jee. They went to him and explained their troubles to him. Ganesh assured them that they should have no fear. He would not allow Raavan to have his father's "Aatm Ling" for ever. He sent them back and he himself followed Raavan to carry out his mission.
Raavan was carrying Shiv's "Aatm Ling" in his hands to his capital Lankaa. He came to west coast. By that time the evening fell so Raavan thought to do his Sandhyaa. Now what should he do? How should he do that? Because in that process he would have to keep "Aatmling" on ground, and if he kept it there, he would lose it forever.
Ganesh Jee had been following him. He understood the problem of Raavan so he appeared before him in the form of a little boy. Raavan got very happy to see that boy. He called him and said - "O boy, Please hold this Ling in your hands till I do my Sandhyaa, then I will take it back." Ganesh Jee said - "It seems quite heavy, Why don't you keep it on the ground and do your Sandhyaa." Raavan said - "No, It should not be put on the ground, so you hold it in your hands till I come back." Ganesh Jee said - "If it seems too heavy to me, then?" Raavan said - "You look clever boy, please hold it in your hands, I will come back soon." Raavan gave him the "Aatm Ling" with a warning that he should never put it on the ground and he went away.
After a while, when Raavan had started his Sandhyaa, the boy started crying out that the Ling was very heavy for him. Raavan could not have come back without completing his Sandhyaa as he had already started it, so he also shouted from there - "Please hold it in your hands for some time more. Do not put it on ground." And Ganesh Jee kept saying that it was too heavy for him. At one point Ganesh Jee said - O Raavan, I can no longer hold it in my hands, I put it down." And he put that Ling on the ground and ran away. Raavan tried to finish his Sandhyaa quickly and came back to take it but it was too late, the boy had gone and the Shiv Aatm Ling was so firmly stuck in the ground that he could not take it out. Thus Ganesh Jee helped Devtaa.
Raavan and Ganesh Jee: Another Version
When Raavan started his work, he could not stop it. The flow was continuous, there was so much water (of Saraswatee) in his stomach. On the other side the boy got tired of holding the Ling, so he started crying - "When are you coming back, I am tired. The Ling is very heavy for me." Raavan also shouted from there - "Just hold for a minute, I am coming, do not keep it on the ground." The bay waited for a while, and he repeated his warning. Raavan was surprised to see how much water he was passing, he never drank so much water. He again told him to wait for a while. The boy again waited for a while and again repeated his warning, but Raavan could not finish his work so he could not come. The boy did not wait another time, he said - "It is very heavy, I cannot hold it any more.", kept the Ling on the ground and ran away.
As the boy kept the Ling on the ground, Raavan finished his work, and ran towards the boy, but by the time he reached the boy, he had already gone away. Raavan tried his best to uproot it but all his efforts were in vain. In rage he started beating that Ling and beat it so much that it all went down the earth and remained only equal to a cow's ear. That is why that place came to be known as Gokarn (see Murudeshwar Temple of this Ling). He had to leave that Ling there and had to come back empty handed to Lankaa. That is what Devataa wanted.
Raavan and Ajapaal
Once Raavan asked his gatekeeper Prashasti - "Who is present here to serve me?" Prashasti said - "Prabho, Kakutsth, Maandhaataa, Dhidhumaar, Nal, Arjun, Yayaati, Nahush, Bheem, Raaghav, Vidoorath and many others have come here, but king Ajapaal has not come here." Raavan immediate said to Dhoomraaksh named Raakshas - "Dhoomraaksh, Go and tell Ajapaal according to my orders that he should come here in my service otherwise I will kill him with my sword." Dhoomraaksh immediately went and told everything to Ajapaal, but Ajapaal sent him back and called Jwar (fever) and instructed him - "You go to Raavan and do your duty." Jwar went there and he made all of them trembled. Raavan knew that it was Jwar so he said - "Let Ajapaal be there wherever he is. I don't need him."
Raavan Had Boons Four Times
Raavan Had Eight Curses See Shaap to Raavan
Raavan Was a Musician,
It is said that once his wife Mandodaree was doing a devotional dance and raavan himself was playing Veenaa. By chance a string broke of his Veenaa. He said - "Since it is a devotional dance, it will not stop, nor the Veenaa. So he took out a vein from his thigh and fit it in the Veenaa in the place of that string and everything went on as before.
He tried to bring all planets in 11th house of Meghnaad at his birth, but Shani Dev extended his one leg towards 12th House. Later he wrote Raavan Sanhitaa.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 08/29/13