We all have heard about Ravana, the demon king. We read about him in Ramayana. He was the one who kidnapped Goddess Sita.
He was killed by Lord Rama and it became the greatest example of victory of good over evil.
Since then Ravana has become the symbol of evil and on every Vijayadashmi people burn effigies of Ravana as the symbol of victory of good over evil.
In Hindu mythology Ravana is a hated person and people choose to see only of his dark side.
But in this article I would like to introduce every reader with his bright side. This bright side is probably the brighter than all the human being ever lived.
This side was his devotion and belief toward Lord Shiva.
Ravana was the greatest devotee of Lord Shiva who ever lived on this earth.
There are many incidents which prove this thing but I will take only two.
Just before the war against Lord Rama, Ravana performed a Yajnam which means sacrifice to please Lord Shiva. In this process he started sacrificing his own head.
He cut his head and offered it to holy fire and then a new head grown up on his neck.
But he was not satisfied he was determined that Lord Shiva must come and bless him with immortality.
He continued this for another nine times making a total of ten times of cutting his head and offering to fire. Finally Lord Shiva had to appear to him.
When Ravana first cut his head he did it please the Lord it means according to him Lord Shiva was not pleased yet. So what made him do that?
It was possible that his head would have never grown again and he would end up dying a fool’s death. But he did it out of immeasurable belief and devotion.
The second incident I am talking about actually happened before the first one.
Once Ravana went to mount Kailash, all the way to the north of Sri Lanka; his kingdom.
He went there to take Lord Shiva to Lanka. When he reached there he saw Lord shiva was meditating.
He was in deep stillness that Ravana understood that he may have to wait till eternity to talk to him.
So he started trying to pick mount Kailash and take it to Lanka. Yes you read it right.
He actually was picking it up along with all the creatures and forest and lakes on the mountain and Lord Shiva himself.
The mountain shook a little and in no time it would have been in is mighty hands then suddenly he was stopped by the might of the toe of Lord Shiva when he put his toe down to his seat.
Ravana was in pain yet he didn’t cursed God and recited Shiv Tandavstrotam which all praises and hails Lord Shiva.
So, he did this even before Lord Hanuman picked up mount Mandrachal to save Lord Laxmans life.
And Lord Hanuman was the incarnation of Lord Shiva himself.
Because of his believe and devotion Ravana was able to the things which no one could ever do.