Why do South Indians worship Ravan and respect Ravan more than Rama?

Answer by Raakhee Venugopal:

Thank you for the A2A.

I’m not sure if I understand your question completely. I am a South Indian and I’m yet to come across anyone who actually ‘worships’ Raavan or ‘respects’ Raavan more than Lord Shri Ram in my native place.

In Kerala, the month of Karkitakam (also known as Bhadra/Bhadrapada/Purattasi/Bhaado) is popularly known as Ramayana Maasam or the ‘month of Ramayana’. During this period, there are regular recitals of the Ramayana in temples, at homes, etc. There is also the custom of ‘Nalambalam Yathra‘ conducted during this month, which is basically a round trip of four temples dedicated to Lord Shri Ram and his brothers- Lakshman, Bharat  & Shatrughan. Our daily evening prayers are dedicated to Lord Shri Ram. This is what we chant every evening:

Kerala Hindus are devout followers of the Ramayana (in fact a lot more than the Mahabharata) and Ravan is always considered as the most villainous characters in our stories. I’m not sure where this worshiping and respecting Ravan happens though :-/

Why do South Indians worship Ravan and respect Ravan more than Rama?

 

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