Overcome by a desire to excel Kubera, Ravana and Kumbhakarna undertook austerities to
please Lord Brahma. Finally when Brahma appeared, Ravana prayed thus - "0 Lord, give
me this boon, that any of the Angels, Rakshasas, Gandharvas, Yakshas, Nagas or Garudas
cannot kill me. As for humans and beasts, they are mere grass to me; I am not afraid of
And Kumbhakarna's request was this -
"0 Lord, bless me that I may spend the major part of any year in a happy
Lord Brahma conferred on them the boons they asked for and returned. Kumbha- karna's mind
became clear after Brahma disappeared. He felt ashamed at his own stupidity.