One of the legends in Hindu mythology talks about the episode where King Ravana, in his arrogance, tries to lift Mt Kailash- the abode of Shiva. Even though Ravana makes a fair effort Shiva pushes the mountain back down with his foot and Ravana is apparently trapped for a good while under it.
I had frankly never heard of this tale until I started reading up for my trip to Cambodia and about this magnificent temple called Banteay Srei which has an exquisite depiction of this scene.
The panel above has Ravana with his ten heads and twenty arms lifting Mt Kailash and looking up to see what kind of effect he is having on the residents of the mountain. Almost everybody (including the sages) seem startled except for Shiva who is composed and confident.
I then later came across the same incident depicted…
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