“Ravana was killed by Lord Ramachandra and was destined for hellish life, but by Lord Ramachandra’s advice, Vibhishana, Ravana’s brother, performed all the duties prescribed in relation to the dead. Thus Lord Ramachandra was kind to Ravana even after Ravana’s death.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 9.10.29 Purport)
The ten-headed one had a rather lengthy rap sheet. As leader of a kingdom, he would host visitors every now and then. Operating in that capacity he one time indeed “shot the messenger,” devouring the flesh afterwards. He was a Rakshasa, which is a kind of man-eater. Ravana would send his men to kill innocent sages living in the forest, attacking right at the time of yajna [sacrifice]. To take over Lanka he scared away his non-threatening brother Kuvera.
He had a reign of terror. Ravana’s kingdom was filled with gold, beautiful women, wine, and animal…
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