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Story of Ravana Lifting Kailash Parvat

Kailash Parvat is the abode of Lord Shiva. There is story in Hindu Puranas, which narrates Ravana attempting to lift Mount Kailash.

Ravana was arrogant and proud of his physical strength. He wanted to show off his powers. To impress Shiva, he once attempted to lift the Kailash Mountain. Shiva to quell the arrogance of Ravana simply placed his toe on the mountain. Ravana’s forearm was crushed in the attempt and he let out a huge cry. As he let out a huge scream, he got the name Ravana – one who screams.

Ravana used all his strength but could not remove his hands from under the Holy Mountain.

To remove his fingers and escape from the pain and impending death, Ravana sang the Shiva Tandava Stotram.

Pleased with the Stotram, Shiva saved Ravana and blessed him with the Chandrahas, a powerful weapon.