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Story Of Ravana Shaking Mount Kailash

The story of Ravana shaking mount Kailash of Lord Shiva is found in the Ramayana. This mind boggling event is an important theme for sculptures in caves and Hindu temples in India. The sculpture in Ellora cave 16 and in the Elephanta caves are extraordinary sculptures depicting the scene of Shiva shaking Kailash. These sculptures of ancient Hindu sculptures remain unmatched.

Ravana Shaking Mount Kailash Ellora Cave 16
As per Ramayana, Ravana astride his aerial vehicle, Pushpaka was traversing through the sky. While passing through the Himalayas the aerial vehicle suddenly lost control and was brought down.

Ravana was soon approached by Shiva Ganas who told him that no one is allowed to enter this domain as it was the abode of Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Ravana lost his cool and came down the aerial vehicle and told Nandi, divine bull vehicle of Shiva, that no one in the universe has the power to stop him. Puffed up with pride the demon king decided to teach Shiva a lesson.

Chennakeshava Temple Ravana Shaking Mount Kailash
He reached the foot of Mount Kailash and inserted his powerful arms and began to shake the abode of Shiva violently. A smiling Shiva simply put a toe on the mountain. The weight of the mountain crushed the arms of Ravana. He started crying in pain loudly.

The advisers of Ravana reached the spot and told him to pray to Shiva for mercy and save his life. Now, only Shiva could help him from the situation that he has got into out of his pride, anger and ignorance.

Helpless Ravana prayed to Shiva for forgiveness. It said that Ravana stood and prayed there for a 1000 years. Finally, Shiva lifted his toe and allowed Ravana to go back to Lanka.