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VIBHISHANA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Terrible.'

A younger brother of Ravana. He, like his brother, propitiated Brahma, and obtained a boon. His was that he should never commit an unworthy action even in the greatest extremity.

He was virtuous, and opposed to the practices of the Rakshasas. This led to a quarrel between him and Ravana, who kicked him from his seat.

He flew off to Kailasa, and under the advice of Shive he went and allied himself with Ramachandra, who received and embraced him as a friend.

After the defeat and death of Ravana he was raised by Rama to the throne of Lanka.


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