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A Twist Of Tongue Ruined The Life Of Kumbhakaran. Here's The Reason Why He Slept For 6 Long Months And How Gods Duped Him.

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  • Apr 21, 2017, 13:23 PM IST
Kumbhakaran's sleep: Mystery and myth
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Kumbhakaran's sleep: Mystery and myth

In the epic Ramayana, Ravana's younger brother Kumbhakaran is one the most obscure characters, and people do not know much about him. The most striking thing about Kumbhakaran was that he used to sleep for 6 months of a year, then wake up for a day to eat, make chaos in the world, and then go back to sleep again for another 6 months. But why did he do that? What is the reason behind his strange sleeping cycle. We tell your the reason. 

The Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana tells interesting snippets about the three demon brothers Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Vibhishan. Their father Vishravas, often encouraged his sons to achieve god-like stature in life. So all three of them performed severe austerities. Pleased by their tapasya that went on for years, Lord Brahma came before them and granted each brother a boon.
 
Ravana asked for immortality, but was denied. Instead, he was given a boon that 'no bird, serpent, Yaksha, demon or god would be able to kill him.'Vibhishana asked to always be righteous, so Brahma granted him immortality.
 
When Kumbhakaran's turn came, at that very moment the gods approached Lord Brahmna and begged him not to grant any boon to Kumbhakarn. They feared that Kumbhakaran, who was the strongest of the brothers, and with an insatiable apetite, would cause a lot destruction in the world.
 
Lord Brahma then decided to play a trick on Kumbhakaran. Click on the next slides to know what...

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So Brahma asked his wife Saraswati, who is the goddess of knowledge and speech, to take control of Kumbhakarna's tongue when he asks for boon. Kumbhakaran wanted to ask for Indrasan (throne of Indra); instead he said 'Nidrasana' which literally means sleep. 
 
Hence Lord Brahma quickly granted him many years of sleep.

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