We have grown up hearing the same story from our ancestors that Ravana was a bad person, that’s why Rama killed him. According to the Ramayana, Sri Ram slaughtered Lankapati Ravana on the tenth day of Shukla Paksha in Ashwin month. That is why this day is celebrated as Vijayadashami i.e. Dussehra. In Hinduism, Ravana is considered the villain of Ramayana because he had kidnapped Goddess Sita, due to which Lord Rama had to fight with him, in which he was killed. According to beliefs, after the Brahman arrow struck Ravana’s navel, he collapsed. The Kalachakra composed during this made Ravana worthy of worship. This was the time when Rama ordered Lakshmana to stand at the feet of Ravana and respectfully teach knowledge of policy, Because no knowledgeable person like Ravana has ever been born on the ground and never will. This form of Ravana is revered. Ravana is worshiped keeping this form in mind. This is the reason that even today Ravana is worshiped in many parts of India.
Famous Ravana temple in India
On one hand, while people burn effigy of Ravana to celebrate the victory of good over evil, on the other hand Ravana is also worshiped in our country. Here we are telling you about some such amazing and unique temples of India, where Ravana is worshiped with great law –
Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
Kakinada is a very beautiful place and Ravana’s temple is also located here. There is a giant Shivling in this temple. It is said that it was established by Ravana himself. There is a 30-feet tall statue of Ravana in the courtyard of this temple. Local fishermen take care of this temple.
Bisrakh, Uttar Pradesh
Ravana’s childhood was spent in this village located near Greater Noida, where Ravana’s qualities are mentioned. There is an atmosphere of mourning on Vijayadashami and here Rakshakumari Kaikasi was married to Ravana’s father Visvesvarava. The people of Bisarkh say that this place was once the village of Ravana, which is also mentioned in Shiv Puran. There is also a statue of Ravana in the Shiva temple located here, which is worshiped with great law and order. It is believed that in this temple Lord Shiva pleased with Ravana’s penance and appeared to him. This is the reason why the effigy of Ravana is never burnt in this village.
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Kanpur is a place where Ravana is worshiped on the day of Dussehra. Not only this, the temple of Ravana is also present here, which is opened only on the occasion of Dussehra for two days in a year. On this day, Ravana’s milk bath and abhishek is done with full law and order. After this, Aarti is performed with praise to Ravana. Very few people know that the day Ravana got salvation at the hands of Rama, Ravana was also born on the same day.
Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh
Mandsaur is a district of Madhya Pradesh, whose ancient name is Daspur. It is said that in Tretayuga, Mandodari, wife of King Ravana of Lanka, was in Mandsaur i.e. Ravana was the son-in-law of Mandsaur. The statue of Ravana is installed in the Khanpura area and the Namdev community worships it due to its ancient beliefs. They believes that worshiping Ravana will protect him from the diseases spread in his society and he will not allow any kind of heat on him.
Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh
Ravanagram in Vidisha district is a village where ‘Ravana Baba Namah’ resonates. Ravana is worshiped like a deity in this village. Here the lying statue of Ravana is placed. The people there believe that if an attempt was made to erect this statue, something untoward would happen. When any auspicious work or festival happens in the village, Ravana Baba is first worshiped and offered to him.
Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
The effigy of Ravana is not burnt on the Dussehra festival at Baijnath in Kangra district of Himachal. It is believed that Ravana wanted to take the Shiva lingam installed in this temple with him to Lanka, but when Ravana placed the lingam on the ground and could not even move it. Ravana had to leave Shivling here. It is said about this temple that if someone blows the effigy of Ravana here, no one can save him from the wrath of Shiva. It is believed that if anyone tries to burn the effigy of Ravana here, he may even die. For this reason, people here worship Ravana.
Mandore of Jodhpur, where Dashanan Ravana married Mandodari. There is also a grand temple of Ravana, where he is worshiped. Actually, Mayasur and Hema had a daughter, named Mandodari. It is said that this place was named Mandore only after Mandodari.