Biographies | Rishi
Rishi Vishravaa is the Vaalmeeki Raamaayan character. He is not mentioned in
Tulasee's Maanas. Vishravaa was the son of
Maharshi Pulastya and Havirbhoo. Vishravaa had two wives -
(2) Kaikasee or Keshinee. She came from an Asur family. She was the daughter of Sumaalee. He had four sons from both of them - Kuber from Idvidaa and Raavan, Kumbhkarn, and Vibheeshan from Kaikasee. He had one daughter also from Kaikasee - Shoorpanakhaa.--[Agni Puraan, p 18] says that the name of his elder wife was Punyotkataa and Kuber was her son.
--[Padm Puraan, 4/1] says that his elder wife's name was Mandaakinee and her son was Kuber. It is not known that whose daughter Mandaakinnee.
--[Bhavishya Puraan, 3/27] gives his elder wife's name as Ilvalaa instead of Idvidaa.
--[Padm Puraan, 5/40] says that his second wife Kaikasee was Sumaalee and Sukeshee's daughter.
--[Aangiras, p 108] says that he had two wives - Devavarninee, the daughter of the Chief of the Yaksh tribe, who had the son Kuber. Because of being the son of Yaksh mother he was a Yaksh. The second wife was Kaikasee who was the daughter of Raakshas Sumaalee, that is why Raavan and his other brothers and sister were Raakshas.
Birth of Vishravaa
He was such a great scholar par excellence, that he earned great powers through Tapasyaa, which in turn, earned him a great name and fame amongst his fellow Rishi that Bharadwaaj, in particular, was so impressed with him that he gave him his daughter, Idvidaa, in marriage. Idvidaa bore him Kuber. Vishravaa is said to have disowned his demonic family after witnessing Raavan's disrespectful treatment for his elder son, Kuber and returned to his first wife, Idvidaa.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 06/15/13