Here after knowing about of our four undying characters. Who hold a central position and are undying in the Hindu mythology. Let’s know about the other Chiranjivis ( Vibhishana ) in this Part number 3.
Description of each Chiranjivi:
The youngest son of Sage Vishrava was Vibhishana. He was also the younger brother of the Ravana(King of Lanka) and Kumbakarna(King of Sleep). Vibhishana was the son of Sage Pulatsya, who belonged to the ones who safeguarded the Heavens. In spite of being born in the evil race, he was active and fair in judgment He considered himself as a Brahmin, as his father was a Brahmin. He was a Rakshasa, yet was morally correct and guided Ravana towards the right. Ravana kidnapped Sita(Wife of Rama), Vibhishana said him to return her back to her husband in the right way.
When he did not listened to his brother’s advice, Vibhishana joined the army of Rama. After the battle, when Rama won over Ravana, he crowned Vibhishana for the throne and made him the King of Lanka. In the historical time Sinhala people have believed Vibhishana as one of the Four King belonging to Heaven (sataravaramdeviyo).
He was a Rakshasa, yet was morally correct and guided Ravana towards the right. Ravana kidnapped Sita(Wife of Rama), Vibhishana said him to return her back to her husband in the right way. When he did not listen to his brother’s advice, Vibhishana joined the army of Rama. After the battle, when Rama won over Ravana, he crowned Vibhishana for the throne and made him the King of Lanka. In the historical time, Sinhala people have believed Vibhishana as one of the Four King belonging to Heaven (sataravaramdeviyo).
Vibhishana and Lord Brahma:
Vibhishana had a pure mind and a pure heart (sattvik or clean heart and mind). Since he was a child, he spent a lot of time meditating on the name of Lord Brahma. As a result, Brahma came up and provided him any blessing he wanted. Vibhishana asked that he wished to have his head fixed at the feet of his Lord. They are as pure as the leaves of the Lotus flower (charankamal) for him. He prayed for the strength so that he would always be at the feet of the Lord. And also that he would see or have Darshan (holy view) of his Lord Vishnu. This wish was fulfilled, and he was giving away all his wealth and his family and joined Rama, who was an Avatar of God.
When Ravana was defeated, Vibhishana was made the King of Lanka (Sri Lanka) by Lord Rama. Also, he received the blessing to live a long life and to take care of his kingdom of Lanka. Something to be noted is that Vibhishana was not a real Chiranjeevi. But his lifetime was made as long as the end of one Kalpa(which is really a long-long time).
Kripacharya is also known as Kripa and is an important figure in the Mahabharata. Kripa was good at archery and was born to a Rishi(sage). He was a royal teacher of the Kauravas and Pandavas before Drona (the father of Ashwathama).
Shardwan was Kripa’s father, was born with arrows which marked that he was a born archer. He did meditation and was awarded the art of all types of war techniques. He was a great archer and could be defeated by none.
Krupacharya, Kripa and Kripi:
This thing alarmed the other gods. Especially Lord Indra, who is the King of the Gods, he felt the risk. He then sent a charming Apsara (divine fairy) from the Heaven to disturb and mis-lead the saint. The heavenly Fairy’s name was called Janapadi. She came to him and tried to capture him in all the various ways.
Shardwan was attracted and on seeing such a beautiful woman, he lost his control. Being a great saint, he still protected himself against it and controlled his needs. But his focus was lost at last, and he threw his bow and arrows and his semen fell on the grass. It divided the weeds into two parts – from which a boy and a girl each took birth. After this, the saint left the religious house with his bow and arrow and went to the forest to give himself a self-punishment.
Krupacharya and King Shantanu:
To his surprise, the great-grandfather of the Pandavas, King Shantanu, was going and he saw the children on the way. In one look he realized that they were the children of some great Brahmin archer. He named them Kripa and Kripi. He decided to take them back with him to his home.
After some time Shardwan came to know of about children. He went to the palace and confirmed their identity and did various rituals which are performed for the Brahmin children. He taught his children art of archery, Vedas, and other important Shashtras and opened the secrets of the Universe. The children grew up and they also became an expert in the art.
Boy renowned as Krupacharya
The boy Kripa, later came to be known as Kripacharya, was given the task of teaching the young princes all about ‘how to fight a war’. When he became an adult, he was the chief priest at Hastinapura court. His twin sister Kripi was married to Drona, the master of weapons to the court – who, like her brother, was not raised in a womb, but outside the body of a human.
Kripacharya fought with the Kauravas during the war of Mahabharata. He was among a few living figures of post-war period. Kripa later trained the grandson of Arjuna, Parikshit and son of Abhimanyu in the art of war. He was well-known for being impartial and devoted for his Kingdom. The blessing of ‘no-death’ was granted to him by Lord Krishna which added him to the list of Chiranjivis.
Chiranjeevi, The seven undying Lords of Hindu Mythology, Part 4