Legend has it that Ravana was once flying in his vehicle, the Pushpaka Vimana, when he encountered an obstacle − the soaring Mount Kailasa, abode of Siva and Parvati. Enraged, Ravana lifted the mountain with his mighty arms.

Lord Siva, who was seated on the mountain with a very alarmed Parvati, pressed down with his toe to steady the earth and to trap Ravana beneath Kailasa for a thousand years. Here, you see a four-armed Siva sitting in a frontal, sukhasana posture with a diminutive Parvati seated on his left thigh. Four sages are shown worshipping Siva.

The sacred mountain occupies only the top one-third of the composition and is represented as overlapping boulders in relief.

Two plump, funny ganas frolic by Ravana's feet, helping him maintain his balance.

Ravana Anugraha Murti

Just before you enter the inner circumambulatory (pradakshina) of the temple, to your left, you will find an animated relief of ten-headed Ravana, King of Lanka, lifting Mount Kailasa with two of his twenty arms. The demon-king dominates the panel, dancing in a tribhanga pose, his arms radiating from his torso like the blades of a whirring fan.