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Son of Vishrava and Kaikasi was the main villain in the Ramayana Ravana the ten-headed twenty-armed god-king of the island of Lanka Ravanas name means He who makes the universe scream According to 1st Canto Srimad-Bhagavatam in his war for control of the universe Ravana attempted to deploy forces to higher planets such as the abode of Indra King of the devas by building a staircase from his headquarters on Earth -comparison with the story of Babel comes easily to mind2 He came to earth because in his previous life he was one of two gatekeepers of Lord Vishnus palace in the spiritual world He was cursed by sages and told to leave the spiritual world And for some reason he could not become a god in this life so he was destined to be a demon Lanka now Sri Lanka was built on top of Trikuta Hill reaching the clouds This was where Ravana stayed with many other demons Ravana was evil enough to take from Prahasta his brother the huge aerial chariot Pushpaka Pushpaka was built by Visvakarma no one could determine its power or cause its destruction It was built with the intention that it should be better then all the similar structures It was floating in the atmosphere without any support Also it had the ability to go anywhere that Ravana wanted it to It had chambers of remarkable beauty Everything about it was symmetrical and unique Knowing the intentions of the master it could go anywhere at high speed unobstructed by anyone including the wind itself It had towers of high artistic work It had spires and domes like the peaks of mountains It was immaculate like the autumnal moon It was occupied by sky-ranging Raksasas of huge proportions with faces brightened by their shining ear-pendants It was delightful to look at like the spring season and the bunches of flowers then in bloom It had also for protecting it
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