Dussehra 2022: Ravana’s 10 Heads And What They Symbolize


Dussehra 2022: King of Lanka, Ravana was a learned king of high intellect and a great worshiper of Lord Shiva. The word “Dussehra” derives its meaning from the mythology of the festival, where “So” stands for the ten heads of Ravana, or evil, and “hara” stands for defeat or removal. The six shastras and four Vedas that Ravana mastered are believed to be represented by his ten heads as he was a knowledgeable king. The 10 heads could also indicate Ravana’s intellectual abilities, which were thought to be 10 times greater than the common person’s.

Although Ravana was a skilled warrior, a good king, an astrologer and an expert in Ayurveda, he fell victim to many vices. Despite being a master of many different knowledge disciplines, Ravana used none of his knowledge. Despite having unlimited resources, he could not enjoy anything because of his excessive desires.

According to Hindu scriptures, the ten heads were received as a blessing from Lord Shiva as a result of his ‘Sadhna’ which represents the 6 Shastras and 4 Vedas, but are now representatives of his 10 evil sins for which Ravan Dahan is performed every year.

Let’s take a look at what the 10 heads of Ravana represent

KAMA (LUST)

When Ravan Mata kidnapped Sita, it was his lust that led him to marry her, knowing that Mata Sita was the wife of Lord Rama.

KRODHA (ANGER)

It was Ravana’s anger that brought his destruction even faster, because his anger made him impatient and committed sinful deeds.

MOHA (APPENDIX)

Ravana was very attached to his possessions and after he began to regard Mata Sita as his own, he crossed all boundaries to keep her under control.

LOBHA (GREED)

Ravan was overcome with greed and the desire to get more, which was one of the reasons why he kidnapped Mata Sita.

MADA (PROUD)

It’s nice to be proud, but it’s different when your pride consumes you and becomes overbearing towards others. Ravana, too, was too proud of his intellect and military prowess.

MAATSARYA (ENVY)

With Moha came Maatsarya, the desire to possess all things there is, even those of others by any means necessary.

GHRINA (HATE)

Ravana’s hatred for other people was beyond all bounds, he had some narcissistic traits that led to his eventual destruction.

BHAYA (FEAR)

Ravan’s fear of losing his possessions and especially losing Mata Sita made him commit sinful deeds that caused his death.

BUDDHI (INTELLECT)

Being a worldly scholar, Ravan was one of great intellect, but he used this power to evil which brought him his downfall as he became callous and gave to none but himself.

AHAMKARA (EGO)

Ravana’s inflated ego encouraged him to commit all sins, from kidnapping Mata Sita to attacking Lord Rama, just to protect himself behind which he saw no reason whatsoever.

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The ten heads of Ravana also represent the idea that having more than you need is meaningless.





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