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Ravana's ten heads symbolize these six Shastras and four Vedas which made him a great scholar.

Ravana the demon king Lanka is referred to as Dashanan meaning ten-headed ("das" means ten and "anan" means head). When one describes Ravana they characterize him to be larger than life, with 20 hands, and 10 heads, in which he retained great oceans of knowledge, he was blessed with amazing supernatural powers that enabled him to vanish, throw rain and fire or launch thousands of arrows during the war. There are numerous legends and theories behind why Ravana had ten heads and what did they depict.

1. Knower of ten scriptures

According to the legends, Ravana is believed to be a prodigy with comprehensive knowledge of the ten sacred Hindu texts and scriptures. He was well-versed in the Six Shashtras/Darshanas- Sankhyashastra (Mathematics), Yog Shastra (Yoga and Meditation), Nyayashastra (Law and Administration), Vaisheshik Shastra (Physics, Astronomy, and Mechanics), Purvamimansa (Philosophy, Justification), and Uttar Mimansa Shastra. He also retained complete knowledge of the four Vedas- Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda. Thus, Ravana's ten heads symbolize these six Shastras and four Vedas which made him a great scholar and the most intelligent person of his time. He knew these Ten Scripts- Kanthastha (verbatim) and hence he was named 'Dashkanthi' (the one with ten throats which later became 'Dashanan'.

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