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How Raavan got his nine extra heads and 18 extra arms?

Asked by Dinesh Manaktala, 08 Oct '08 07:46 am
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These are symbolic of his genius and strength
Answered by Anil K Chugh, 08 Oct '08 07:34 pm

 
  
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It is symbolic
Answered by sumati gayki, 13 Sep '09 10:49 am

 
  
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It is symbolic. He did not really have 10 head but 20 arms, but number of heads depicts his wisdom and hand depict his power and strength.
Answered by Jack Johnson, 08 Oct '08 07:05 pm

 
  
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Its imaginary
Answered by Narayana Raja, 08 Oct '08 12:47 pm

 
  
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Dasageeva is a word from tribal language(Iam liable to correction)which means a person who gives much trouble to his enemies.This word has beentransformed to Dasa Greeva as ten heads and Das Kantha.Ten heads there never were.
Answered by yalamanchily rao, 08 Oct '08 09:27 am

 
  
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I could n't find any direct reference in the Valmiki Ramayana for the Ten Heads of Ravana but in the Puranas there is a reference to it. In some Puranas they mention that to please Lord Shiva the Demon Ravana offered his head in the Agni Hotra for ten times. So the pleased God Shiva gave him the Ten heads and twenty arms. In some of the Standard commentaries on the Ramayana there is an excellent explanation for this:
We know that Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha . Of these four, among the first three Dharma is Predominant over the other two. Kama or Artha in the absence of Dharma are harmful to the society. So Ramayana keeps Rama before us as an Ideal Human manifestation of DHARMA. And the same text keeps Ravana before us as the demoniac manifestation of KAMA (The Human Desire). KAMA is steered by our Five Motor ORgans (Karma Indriyas) and the five Sense organs (Jnana Indriyas). So these ten Indriyas are metaphorically said as the ten heads of Kama. Hence Ravana is none else tha ...more
Answered by rani sadasivamurty, 08 Oct '08 08:26 am

 
  
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