Ramayana Characters

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Vibhishana was the third brother of Ravana, the King of Lanka. He was extremely devout and religious by temperament. When Sage Vaishrava was engaged in his evening prayers, Kekasi quested him to oblige her to beget a son.


Rishi (Sage) Vishwamitra was an immensely enlightened, brilliant sage. Rama was educated and trained by his Guru Vashishtha but it was Vishwamitra who bestowed on him celestial arms and weapons that never missed their mark.


Rishi Vashishtha was the official priest of the Suryavanshi Ikshwaku clan. Brahma at the beginning of creation had created him by the power of thought and determination. He was also a Prajapati. When Brahma appointed him the clan priest of the Suryavanshis,


Dashratha, King of Ayodhya, had a son named Lakshmana. Lakshmana’s wife Urmila is not much described in the ancient Indian literature. According to Ramayan, she was the younger sister of Sita, daughter of King Janak.


Trijata was a Rakhasni (female demon) with a pure heart. When Ravana carried Sita away from Panchavati and brought her to Lanka, he kept her in the grove of Ashoka trees. To keep Sita subdued and scared, he put some Rakhasni (female demons) to guard her in the Ashokvatika.


Tadaka was a wicked demoness with the strength of a thousand elephants. Her sons Mareech and Subahu were also very powerful. However, the three of them used their strength to destroy the land lying north of Ganga, Malad and Kurush.


Sursa was the mother of all snakes. When Hanuman was flying at great speed over the ocean towards Lanka, Indra, the King of Devas (celestial beings or good forces), decided to test him with a challenge. He asked Sursa to take on a gigantic form and block Hanuman’s path.


Shoorpanakha was the daughter of Vishrava and Kekasi and the younger sister of Ravana. Ugly, ill formed and repulsive looking, she could work many miracles by her mayavi (magical) powers and was wicked and mean.