In Hindu epic Ramayana, Vibhishana (विभीषण) was the youngest son of Sage Vishrava, who was the son of Sage Pulatsya. Vibhishana was the younger brother of Ravana the demon king of Lanka. Even though he was a demon by birth, he had the characteristics of a Brahmin as his father was a Brahmin.
After Ravana captured Sita, Vibhishan was of a noble character and well-advised him to return her back. When his brother did not pay attention to his advice, he joined Rama’s army.
Story of Vibhishana in Ramayana
Vibhishana was a king of Lanka. Though he was born in the demon race, he was of a noble character and had qualities of a Brahmin. When Ravana kidnapped and abducted Sita, Vibhishana advised him to return her back but Ravana was not willing to hear to any of his advice.
His mother, Kaikesi, encouraged him to go and serve Shri Ram, who was at that time building an army to conquer Ravana and to get Sita back. Rama accepted Vibhishan’s service and anointed him the Lord of Lanka after Ravan’s death.
His wife’s name was Sarama and had a daughter named Trijata. Before leaving Lanka, he called his daughter Thirijata, who had been guarding Sita, and advised her to look after Sita and his wife.
Vibhishan had knowledge about the secrets of Lanka and it proved priceless to Lord Rama in the war. Vibhishan openly divulged several secret tips which became critical for the success of Ram’s assault, including revealing the secret way to the temple of Mata Nikumbala, the family deity of the Pulatsya Clan. For this reason, however, Vibhishan is usually referred to as a traitor.
After Ravana’s death, when Vibhishan became the King of Lanka, he turned his subjects from the path of evil to the path of good and Dharma.
When Rama left Ayodhya at the end of his reign, Rama in his original form of Lord Vishnu asked Vibhishan to serve people and guide them to the path of truth and Dharma. For this reason, Vibhishana was regarded as one of the seven immortals, or Chiranjeevins.