Vibhishana, aka: Vibhīṣaṇa, Vibhīṣaṇā; 11 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Vibhīṣaṇa and Vibhīṣaṇā can be transliterated into English as Vibhisana or Vibhishana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Vibhīṣaṇa (विभीषण) is the name of a king of Laṅkā, a country most difficult to reach, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 12. King Vibhīṣaṇa was visited by Lohajaṅgha, a Brāhman whose story is told in the “story of Rūpiṇikā”.

2) Vibhīṣaṇa (विभीषण) is a king of the Rākṣasas having for his wife Mandodarī: the daughter of the Asura Maya according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 45. Accordingly, “... when his sons were thus triumphant, Maya called to mind his daughter Mandodarī, and Vibhīṣaṇa, and when called to mind, they came”.

The story of Vibhīṣaṇa and Maya was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

3) Vibhīṣaṇa (विभीषण) was given sovereignty of Laṅkā by Rāma, according to in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 51. Accordingly, “... then Rāma, in his bereaved state, made Sugrīva his friend by killing Bālin, and by sending Hanumān to Laṅkā obtained news of his wife. And he crossed the sea by building a bridge over it, and slew Rāvaṇa, and gave the sovereignty of Laṅkā to Vibhīṣaṇa, and recovered Sītā.”.

The story of Vibhīṣaṇa was narrated by the Vidyādharī Kāñcanaprabhā to Naravāhanadatta while in a Svayambhū temple of Śiva, in order to demonstrate that “people who possess firmness endure for a long time mutual separation to which no termination is assigned”, in other words, that “heroic souls endure separation for so long a time”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vibhīṣaṇa, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Vibhīṣaṇa (विभीषण) was a king of Laṅkā, according to the fifth Ucchvāsa of the Udayasundarīkathā. The son of his maternal uncle was Māyābala, who later came to challenge Malayavāhana (king of Pratiṣṭhāna).

The Udayasundarīkathā is a Sanskrit epic tale written by Soḍḍhala in the early 11th century, revolving around the Nāga princess Udayasundarī and Malayavāhana (king of Pratiṣṭhāna).

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Kathā
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Vibhīṣaṇa (विभीषण).—Brother of Rāvaṇa. The son Viśravas was born to Prajāpati Pulastya. Rāvaṇa, Kumbhakarṇa and Vibhīṣaṇa were born to Viśravas by his wife Mālinī. A daughter named Śūrpaṇakhā also was born to them. Kumbhakarṇa and Vibhīṣaṇa went to do penance under the leadership of their eldest brother Rāvaṇa. They did severe penance and obtained various boons. The boon given to Vibhīṣaṇa was to live as a righteous man. After that they came back and defeated Kubera, the ruler of Laṅkā and brought Laṅkā under their control. Rāvaṇa became the ruler of Laṅkā. Kumbhakarṇa and Vibhīṣaṇa lived with their brother in Laṅkā. Rāvaṇa married Mandodarī. Kumbhakarṇa took Vajrajvālā the daughter of Mahābali and Vibhīṣaṇa took Saralā, the daughter of Śailūṣa a Gandharva as their wives, according to Uttara Rāmāyaṇa. Rāvaṇa conquered the three worlds and was ruling as the emperor of the whole world, when Śrī Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa went to the forest, with Sītā. Rāvaṇa carried Sītā away to Laṅkā. Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa, with the help of the monkey-army entered Laṅkā. At this time Rāvaṇa called together his ministers to consider the details about the battle with Śrī Rāma. Every one present except Vibhīṣaṇa voted for the battle. Vibhīṣaṇa advised Rāvaṇa to return Śītā, the stolen property and beg Śrī Rāma for pardon. Rāvaṇa got angry and expelled Vibhīṣaṇa from Laṅkā. Vibhīṣaṇa joined the side of Śrī Rāma and informed him of all the military secrets of Rāvaṇa. In the battle which ensued Rāvaṇa was killed and Vibhīṣaṇa was made the king of Laṅkā by Śrī Rāma. It is stated in Kambarāmāyaṇa, Yuddha Kāṇḍa that according to the instruction of Śrī Rāma and at the instance of Indra, Viśvakarmā came to Laṅkā and renovated the city of Laṅkā. (See full article at Story of Vibhīṣaṇa from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Vibhīṣaṇa (विभीषण).—Mention is made in Mahābhārata, as given below, about another Vibhīṣaṇa who had ruled over Laṅkā.

2) Once Ghaṭotkaca went to the palace of Vibhīṣaṇa as the messenger of Sugrīva. Vibhīṣaṇa who heard from Ghṭotkaca about Yudhiṣṭhira honoured the messenger greatly and gave him a large quantity of valuable presents.

3) Vibhīṣaṇā (विभीषणा).—An attendant of Subrahmaṇya. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 46, Stanza 22).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Vibhīṣaṇa (विभीषण).—One of Bhaṇḍa's eight councillors.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 12. 12.

1b) A son of Viśravas and Kaikaśī, and a friend of Rāma. On the advice of Rāma, performed funeral rites to his kith and kin, according to established conventions. Was made king of Lankā by Rāma. Held the cāmara when Bharata carried pādukā of Rāma;1 knew the yoga power of Hari and attained salvation by satsaṅga; of superior bhakti;2 a brother of Rāvaṇa;3 was present at Rāma's abhiṣeka.4

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 1. 37; IX. 10. 16, 29 and 43.
  • 2) Ib. II. 7. 45; XI. 12. 5; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 34. 39.
  • 3) Ib. III. 8. 47.
  • 4) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 4. 99.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vibhīṣaṇā (विभीषणा) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.45.22). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vibhīṣaṇā) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Vibhīṣaṇa (विभीषण, “terrific”):—In Vedic hinduism, he is one of the half-brothers of Kubera but later became the ally of Rāma. Kubera was the Vedic God of wealth presiding over all earthly treasures.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

1) Vibhishana was a king who ruled what is part of Sri Lanka today and is also written off in the historical epic Ramayana. He was the younger half brother of the Rakshasa (demon) king Ravana of Lanka. Though a Rakshasa himself, Vibhishana was of a noble character and advised Ravana, who kidnapped and abducted Sita, to return her to her husband Rama in an orderly fashion and promptly. When his brother did not listen to his advice, Vibhishana joined Rama's army. Later, when Rama defeated Ravana, Rama crowned Vibhishana as the king of Lanka.

2) Vibhīshaṇa (विभीषण): Vibhishana was a rakshasa, brother of Ravana. He was of a noble character and advised Ravana, who kidnapped and abducted Sita, to return her to Rama.

etymology: Vibhishana (Sanskrit: विभीषण, IAST: Vibhīṣaṇa; Javanese: Wibisana; Khmer: Bibhek; Lao: Phibphi; Tamil: விபீஷணன்; Malay: Bibusanam; Thai: พิเภก Phipek; Sinhala:විභීෂණ; Yuan: Bikbi) or Bibhishan

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Vibhīṣaṇa (विभीषण).—A grandson of Pulastya Muni and the pious brother of Rāvaṇa. He was a staunch devotee of Lord Rāma, who offered him the kingdom of Śrī Lankā for four yugas. He is one of eight personalities who lives for more than one cycle of four yugas.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Vibhīṣaṇa (विभीषण) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Vibhīṣaṇa] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geogprahy

King Vibhishana of Ramayana era (5677-5577 BCE) and King Vibhishana of Mahabharata era (3162 BCE).—Vibhishana, the younger brother of Ravana succeeded him in Sri Lanka. Simhala people adore Vibhishana as one of the four heavenly kings. Mahabharata (Sabhaparva, Adhyaya 30) tells us that King Vibhishana, the descendant of Pulastya, also accepted the sway of Yudhishthira. Evidently, Vibhishana, a later descendant of Vibhishana of Ramayana era was the king of Sri Lanka during Mahabharata era.

Source: The Chronological History of Ancient Sri Lanka
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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