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Patal Ravan – Story of Patala Ravana

Patal Ravan is not one of names of Ravana, the king of Lanka. Patala Ravana was a dear friend of the ten-headed Ravan. This demon got the name Patal Ravan after he took refuge in Patal or the underworld. Legend has it that fed up with the atrocities of Asuras (demons), Srihari Vishnu decided to annihilate them. Fearing the attack of Vishnu, a group of demons took refuge in Patala. The leader of this group was Ravan and thus he got the name Patala Ravana.

Patal Ravan did intense tapas and pleased Brahma. As boon, Patala Ravan asked for the power to fly and also that he will only be killed when the ruby Bramarendra Neelam that he wears will be broken.

Patal Ravan is also the nephew of Demon Malyavan. He also had a brother named Kumbodaran.

Ravana, the king of Lanka, was impressed with the powers of Patal Ravan. They soon became thick friends.

During Ram-Ravan war in the Ramayana, Patal Ravan kidnapped Sri Ram and Lakshmana who were sleeping in their tent. Hanuman who came to know about the…

Read Many Ramayanas – A.K. Ramanujan’s Controversial Ramayana Essay – Read it before forming an opinion

A.K. Ramanujan’s Controversial Ramayana Essay – ‘Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translations’ was dropped from from the BA (honours) syllabus by DelhiUniversity after protests from Hindu Groups. Hindu groups called the essay ‘obscene’ and ‘blasphemous’ and filed a writ petition in the high court. Finally the essay was dropped after a vote in the academic council.
The History Department in DelhiUniversity plans to protest the removal of the essay as they feel the academic council has bowed before the Hindu Right wing in the country.
So we will be hearing lot of noises on this subject all routine – secular versus religious fundamentalists.
If you happen to be one troubled by all this noise – then form an opinion after reading the essay not by listening to the secularists and fundamentalists.
You can read the essay here - Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translations.
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Photo Tour of Haridwar Kumbha Mela

This particular photo tour consists of photos taken during Haridwar Kumbha Mela January 2010 by Jyothi Karat. She was able to capture the true spirit of the Kumbha Mela. She was also lucky to be welcomed by Naga Sadhus and this provided for some rare visual treat.
You can take the photo tour of Kumbha Mela here at Mathurbhumi newspaper.

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