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About Sage Vishrava Pulastya


Vishrava was the son of Pulastya and the grandson of Brahma, the Creator, and a powerful Rishi as described in a scripture epic of Ancient India. A scholar par excellence, he earned great powers through Tapasya, which in turn, earned him great name and fame amongst his fellow Rishis. Bharadwaja, in particular, was so impressed with Vishrava that he gave him his daughter, Ilavida, in marriage. Ilavida bore Vishrava a son, Kubera, the Lord of Wealth and the original ruler of Lanka.[1] The accounts of Vishrava's far-reaching Yogic powers reached the ears of the Asura, Sumali, and his wife, Thataka. Both sought to increase their own powers through alliances with mighty Kings and Rishis. They decided that their daughter, Kaikesi would make a worthy wife for Vishrava and orchestrated her chance encounter with the Rishi. Vishrava fell in love with the beautiful Kaikesi and fathered four children with her. The oldest was Ravana who would eventually oust his half-brother, Kubera, as King of Lanka and usurp his throne. Ravana was also the villain of the immortal epic, the Ramayana. In addition to Ravana, Vishrava fathered Vibhishana, Kumbakarna and a daughter, Soorpanaka, through Kaikesi. He is said to have disowned his demonic family after witnessing Ravana's disrespectful treatment of his older brother, Kubera and returned to his first wife, Ilavida. According to the Mahabharata, however, Vishrava's younger children were born as a result of a falling-out with his eldest: Kubera tried to placate his father by giving him three Rakshasis (two of whom, Raka and Pushpotkata/Pushpotata, seem to be Kaikesi's paternal half-sisters) and in due course Vishrava impregnated all three of them. Pushpotata gave birth to Ravana and later to Kumbhakarna, Malini bore Vibhishana, and Raka had the unpleasant and unsociable twins Khara and Shurpanakha.[2]

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Greater Noida, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, India

Ravan was born in Bisrakh village: myth
New Delhi | Monday, Feb 9 2009 IST

Among the various myths prevalent regarding the birthplace of Ravan -- the ten-headed mighty Lankan monarch who met his doom at the hands Lord Rama, is that he was born at Bisrakh, a village 30 km from the national capital.
One of these myths claims that Ravan was born at Bisrakh village in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Budh Nagar district. Interestingly, neither is Ramleela ever staged nor Dussehra celebrated in the Bisrakh is said to be a corrupted form of the name Vishweshwara supposedly after Ravan's father Rishi Vishrasavas.
''Bisrakh boasts an octagonal shivling that is probably the only one of its kind. Some years ago, the Archaeological Survey of India conducted excavation in the Shiva temple premises and unearthed a cave, large bricks, metal coins and other relics. I have been going to the shrine for years to recite the Ramayan,'' the village's 80-year-old Likhiram told UNI.
The roughly two-and-a-half-foot-high shivling actually extends about eight feet under the surface with the lower part in a cellar. The Yamuna, which has since altered course, once flowed by Bisrakh but is now eight 'kos' away. Legend has it that Ravan migrated to Lanka after being wed to Mandodari, the beautiful and pious daughter of King Mayasura and the dancer Hema.
''A tunnel found in an ancient well probably leads to the Dudheshwar Mahadev temple -- at Ghaziabad -- which has a Hiranyagarbh Jyotirlinga,'' said 72-year-old Dheeraj Singh, also of Bisrakh.
The shrine is the venue of a fair in the Hindu month of 'Shravan'. The temple's compound walls were built under the orders of bandit queen-turned-parliamentarian Phoolan Devi's husband Umed Singh.