DECONSTRUCTING THE CHARACTER OF RAVANA: REVEALING THE DICHOTOMY OF PERCEPTIONS

Komal Chhetri

Abstract


In most of the stories, movies and dramas, we see that the fate of a devil is in the hands of the hero. The Indian mythology is very extensive, and it gives us the chance to rewrite the story from different points of view. In the greatest Hindu Epic 'The Ramayana', the hero is Lord Rama and the villain, or the devil is Ravana. Ravana is also called the Rakshasa (demon) and is considered the symbol of evil, he is also called a ten-headed demon because apparently he had the power and strength of 10 people.His each head represents the 10 negative emotions which are:
Ahamkara - Ego
Moha – Attachment
Krodha – Anger
Ghrina – Hatred
Paschatap – regret
Irshya – jealousy
Lobha – Greed
Kama – Lust
Jaddata – Insensitivity
Bhaya – Fear
Lord Rama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is worshiped by us. He is the hero of the great Hindu epic, Ramayana. According to the epic, Ravana, in the absence of Lord Rama (husband of Sita), kidnapped Sita from Dandaka forest. Being a noble and respected king of Lanka, his deeds took everything away from him. It is believed that Lord Rama with a great army went to Lanka and defeated Ravana and ultimately ended his life which marks the victory of good over evil. There are four Yugas in the Hindu Mythology – ‘Krita Yuga’, ‘Treta Yuga’, ‘Dvapara Yuga’, and ‘Kali Yuga’, and the Ramayan is from the ‘Treta Yuga’. People are unaware of many aspects of Ravana.


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