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Rawana in Indian Art

First Online: March 15, 2003
Last Updated: May 09, 2017


Rawana (a.k.a. Ravana) is the king of Sri Lanka during the period in which the story of  Ramayana unfolds. He is characterized by ten heads in the Indian mythologies, and hence a great source of inspiration for the artists. As you will see in this exhibition, the Indian artists over the centuries have given the ten headed king, numerous other characteristics (like only one neck, twenty hands, as a great devotee of Lord Shiva, and as cruel bird killer).

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