Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Vibhishana - Brother of Ravana


Vibhishana was the younger brother of Ravana, the king of Lanka. Kumbhakarna was his other brother. Shurpanakha is their only sister. A Brahmana sage named Vishrava was the father of these four Asuras and their mother was a Asura woman by the name of Kaikasi. Vishrava is the father of Kubera, but by a previous marriage.

Vibhishana was known for his rectitude and his unswerving determination to tread the path of virtue. He vigorously opposed Ravana's kidnapping of Sita. When he could not convince his elder brother, Vibhishana left Lanka and joined the army of Rama. He played a major role in the victory of Rama, assisting him in countering the magical warfare employed by the Rakshasas.

Once Ravana was killed, Vibhishana was installed on the throne of Lanka by Rama. Since he assisted the enemy of his clan to defeat his kinsmen, Vibhishana is often denounced as the biggest traitor ever. Although his devotion to virtue is praised, he is not accorded much respect, his character being unfavorably compared to that of his brother Kumbhakarna, who was loyal to Ravana till the very end, perishing in defending his homeland.

Last Modified At: Mon Jan 31 00:29:56 2005