Different Interpretations: Ravana Lifting Mt Kailasa

Sukanya Ramanujan

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.

Ravana Lifting Mt Kailash- Banteay Srei Ravana Lifting Mt Kailash- Banteay Srei

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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Santosh Namby

A lover of Nature who loves photography and works as a Civil Servant, Santosh Namby Chandran has been a photographer for several years. Starting with a point and shoot 35mm film camera from canon to progressing to a film SLR and then a DSLR, his photographic journey has been a long one, filled with immense learning. Trained as an Ecologist and a Civil Servant, he merges his worlds and moves seamlessly though the corridors of power as well as overgrown jungles. An avid trekker and hiker, he has a penchant for shooting butterflies and birds...

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