RAMAVIJAYA. THE MYTHOLOGICAL HISTORY OF RAMA* _____Q_____ Powlasti, a son of Bramkadev,* was married to Deva- yarni, and he liad a son called Vishrava. A daughter of Bharadwaja, a Rishi, | was given away in marriage to Vishrava; and she had a son called Kuber. Bramhadev had created Lanka and given it to Kuber. While Kuber was ruling there, a demon came from Fatal J in the form of a Brahman and became very jealous of him. The de- mon said to himself, '* Lanka is my country and this man has no right to rule. here." So saying to himself he gave away his daughter, Kakesi, in marriage to Vishrava with a view to drive out Kuber of his country, Lanka, with the \ help ol the sons who would be born to her by him. Vish- Sv^Thad got by Kakesi three demons, Ravana, Kumbha- karna, and Vibhishana and two demonesses, Tateka and * Surpanakha. Eavan and his brothers went to Gokarna, where they performed severe penances. Siva§ was pro- pitiated by Havana, Bramhadev by Kumbhakarna, and , Vishnu 1f by Yibhishana. Bramhadev wag pleased with them and called upon them to ask him for blessings. Ea- vana was blessed with a power to imprison all gods and also with wealth and learning. Kumbhakarna wanted such a blessing from Bramhadev as would enable him to devour heaven and earth. All the gods were, therefore, alarmed and prayed to the goddess, Saraswati, who induc- ed the demon to ask the god for sleep. Bramhadev blessed * The. creating god of the universe, j- A sage. J The re* gions under the earth. § The destroying god of the universe, $ The protecting god of the universe.