Ravanaleela by Radha Viswanath

The blurb-

Ravana, perhaps the most popular Rakshasa in Indian mythology, is known as the villain in the Ramayana and the epic would not have been what it is without this great Rakshasa.

Yet Ravana is much more than a mere abductor. Born out of the union of a Rishi and Rakshasi, a devout Shiv-bhakt and a mighty king, Ravana is no ordinary Rakshasa.

This book attempts to bring out a comprehensive and well-rounded character of Ravana. The various little dots of information about the Rakshasa king as given in Valmiki Ramayana have been picked with care, collated and compared with presentations in several other versions of the Ramayana, and the long, hoary lineage of the demon king painstakingly put together to present this villain of villains as a legend worthy of greater attention.

My review-

I always knew Ravana as the villian of Ramayana. But after reading this book, i came to know that Ravana, was a very loyal man towards his family and especially his siblings.

The story starts with Sumali, who was blessed by Brahma. He and his brothers tried to spread destruction to the world.

Lord Vishnu fought against them and killed the brothers but not Somali.

Somali was thrown out of lanka. To take revenge, Somali sent his daughter to Rishi Vishrava and they gave birth to 3 sons and one daughter, out of which one was Ravana.

The book takes you to the Ravana’s tapasy of 100 years. After which he got various blessings. The story shows how Intelligent was Ravana, and also a mighty warrior.

All the characters were explained beautifully by the author.

The book definately changed my opinion about Ravana of just being a villian.

Rating -4/5

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