Vibhishana – Brother of Ravana

विभीषण 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 … Read more

Vidura – The Wise

विदुर Vidura was the son of sage Vyasa and a servant girl of the princess Ambika. Asked to host the Vyasa for a second time (for she had closed her eyes the first time, and the resulting child was born blind), Amba was so disgusted, that she sent her servant girl instead. Since the servant … Read more

Vinda – Prince of Avanti

विन्द Vinda was the prince of Avanti. Along with his brother Anuvinda, he fought on the Kaurava side during the great battle of Kurukshetra. Both of them achieved many great feats of bravery on the battlefield. Anuvinda was first to fall, slain by Satyaki of the Vrishnis. Enraged, Vinda challenged Satyaki to single combat, but … Read more

Vikukshi – Ancestor of Rama

विकुक्शि Vikukshi is a King of the Solar dynasty. He is the son of Kukshi and the father of Bana. Rama is his descendant According to B.P., Vikukshi was sent to fetch meat for the sacrifice to be performed by his father. While hunting game, the prince was overcome by hunger and ate some of … Read more

Vinata – A Daughter of Daksha

विनता Vinata is a daughter of Daksha and was married to the great sage Kashyapa. She is the mother of Garuda and Aruna. When she lost a bet with her sister Kadru, she had to become her slave. Ultimately her son Garuda delivered her from slavery.

Virata – The King of Matsya

विराट Virata was the King of Matsya Kingdom, adjacent to the Kingdom of Hastinapura, and their traditional foe. He had two sons, Shweta and Uttara, and a daughter named Uttara. When the Pandavas had to spend the thirteenth year of their exile incognito, they chose to take up service with King Virata, disguising themselves as … Read more

Shikandi – The Warrior Who Killed Bhishma

Shikandi was Amba in his/her previous birth. After obtaining the boon that she would kill Bhishma in her next birth, Amba committed suicide to hasten that birth. (Read that story here). She was born as a daughter of Drupada. While still a child, she wore a garland of flowers, which had the special property that … Read more

Vali – The King of Monkeys

वालि Vali was the king of monkeys. He is said to be the son of the sage Kashyapa. He had obtained a boon that he would get half of his opponent’s strength in combat. This made him invincible in fair combat. He fell out with his younger brother Sugreeva, who sought the help of Rama … Read more