10 Names of Ravana

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The 10 Names of Ravana
 
Dasagriva
Dasagriva is one of the earliest sobriquet given to Ravana. The name Dasagriva can be found in Valmiki Ramayana. It is made up of two Sanskrit words, dasa and griva. Dasa which simply means ten and Griva, a beautiful singing voice/neck. Thus, by simple translation, Dasagriva means one with ten beautiful singing voices or one who can sing in ten different voices.

Dashakantha 
Dashakantha is similar to dasagriva. It is also a combination of two Sanskrit words dasha and kantha. The dasha means ten and kantha means voice box or throat. Thus, Dashakantha again means one who have ten voices.

Iraavanan
Iraavanan is another name used for Ravana in Tamil literature. It is made up of two Tamil words, Ira and Avanan, which simply translates as a boy with incomparable beauty or a man with strong principles.

Iravaan
The name Iravaan is the Sanskritization of Dravidian name Iraivan. The meaning of name Iraivan in Tamil or any Dravid language is the king or lord.

Ravana
According to Lankan folklore, the name Ravana has roots in two Sanskrit words, Rakshak and Vana. Thus, these two words give a different meaning to the name, one who looks after the jungle.

Dashamukha 
Similar to Dashakantha and Dashagriva, Dashamukha is made up of Sanskrit words dasha and mukha. The word mukha means the face. Thus meaning of name is one with ten faces.

Dashaanan
Dashaanan, another sobriquet given to Ravana, which means one with ten faces or heads.

Ravana
According to a popular Hindu legend, Ravana, once tried to lift Mount Kailash, where Lord Shiva resides. But he failed, when Shiva toed Mount Kailash and unknowingly crushed Ravana’s hand, which were still under the Mount Kailash. It made Ravana yelp and yelp was so strong that it caused an earthquake. Lord Shiva lifted his toe, only when Ravana sang one of his famous creation, Ravana Shiva Stotram, and gave him the name Ravana, one who can shake earth with his cry.

Lankapati
Lankapati, an epithet used for Ravana, which simply means the lord of Lanka.

Dasis
Dasis is the corruption of Sanskrit name Dashashis which means one with ten heads.

Ravana is also known as Dashamesha, Lankesha, Lankeshwara, Thotsakan (Thai), Lawana (Maranao) and many other names in Ramayana related literature.

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  1. This article is old but yet this information was really helpful. Thank you Hemendra

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