The Real Story Behind the Birth of Hiranyakashipu, Ravana and Others

We all know about Ravana, Hiranyakashipu, Kumbhakaran and other antagonists in the great epics. But do we really know the story behind the birth of these personalities without whom the epics would have remained incomplete? Read on to know the incidents that led to the birth of the antagonists.

Story of Jaya and Vijaya:

As per the Bhagavata Purana, Jaya and Vijaya served Lord Vishnu as the gatekeepers of Vaikuntha. One day, the four manasaputras of Brahma – Sanatkumara, Sanatana, Sanandana and Sanaka decided to pay their respects to Lord Vishnu at Vaikunta. The dutiful gatekeepers did not allow the manasaputras, who had a child-like appearance due to the power of their penance, to enter Vaikunta as they could not recognize them. Jaya and Vijaya turned the four manasaputras away telling them that the Lord is resting. Angered by the behavior of the gatekeepers, the manasaputras cursed the gatekeepers to be born as mere mortals on earth. The two gatekeepers then sought the help of Lord Vishnu who gave them the option of being born as devotees of Lord Vishnu for 7 times or being born as enemies of Lord Vishnu for just 3 times. The two gatekeepers chose the latter as they could not bear to be away from Lord Vishnu for long.

As a result, Jaya and Vijaya were born as Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha in the Satya Yuga, Ravana and Kumbhakaran in the Tetra Yuga and Sisupala and Dantavakra in the Dwapara Yuga. The Lord took up different incarnations each time and liberated the two gatekeepers from the curse.

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