Oct 24, 2023, 05:28 PM IST
It is widely believed that Mandodari, the wife of Ravana, was born in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh. As a result, the people in Mandsaur hold Ravana in high regard as he is considered the son-in-law of their region. Consequently, the locals in Mandsaur express their reverence for Ravana by observing the tradition of switching off the lights in their homes on Dussehra.
Bisrakh in Uttar Pradesh is widely regarded as the birthplace of Ravana in various traditions. Ravana holds a revered status as a Maha Brahman in this area and is the object of worship for the local population. To honour Ravana, residents perform yagnas during Navratri as a mark of respect.
Kangra is thought to be the site where Ravana, through his devoted austerity, gained the favour of Lord Shiva, receiving significant blessings as a result. This is why the people of Kangra refrain from burning an effigy of Ravana.
In certain regions of Jodhpur, Ravana is venerated on a daily basis, not just limited to Dussehra celebrations. According to the legends, Ravana's marriage to Mandodari, who was the daughter of King Mandawar, often referred to as Mandor, is significant. His kingdom was situated alongside the Saraswati river during that era. As a result, in certain areas of Jodhpur, the descendants still commemorate Ravana's death and abstain from witnessing his effigy being burnt.
Within Karnataka's Kolar district, Ravana is a revered figure for his unwavering devotion to Lord Shiva. During a procession held as part of the harvest festival, the local population worships an idol of Ravana with ten heads and twenty arms.
In Maharashtra's Gadchiroli, a subset of the Gond tribe pays homage to Ravana and his son Meghanada. According to their beliefs, the Valmiki Ramayana did not portray Ravana as a demon, and he also didn't harm Lord Rama's wife, Sita. These tribals commemorate Ravana by offering prayers during their tribal festival called Falgun.