|L for Lord of Lanka|
With three queens by his side, the emperor rejoiced in art and culture. He himself played the veena. A great Shiva-Bhakta, Ravana had done severe penance for decades to acquire a number of boons from Lord Shiva.
He had mastered the Vedas while becoming an expert in all modes of warfare. Acquiring vast amounts of land and wealth, Ravana did not hesitate to share them with his siblings.
The Lord of Lanka’s bad time was imminent when his sister Soorpanaka lusted after Lakshmana. Rama’s younger brother cut off her nose in a fit of temper when she made a nuisance of herself.
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” might be a modern saying. But the meaning applied to all times, it seemed. The scorned Soorpanaka instigated her powerful brother to kidnap Sita.
Living an exemplary life until then, Ravana made the mistake of kidnapping Lord Ram’s wife. Though his brothers Vibhishana and Kumbakarna advised him to return Sita to her husband, Ravana’s arrogance would not permit that.
And thus fell the mighty Lord of Lanka – because of his blind love for his sister and his arrogance. All the boons that he had acquired from Lord Shiva did not save him from sure death at the hands of Lord Ram.
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