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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vibhandaka, VibhANDaka, Vibhaandaka

Vibhāṇḍaka was the father of the sage Rṣyaśṛṅga of the Rāmāyaṇa. He was a descendant of the great sage Kaśyapa. His hermitage was on the bank of the river Kauśikī. Yudhiṣṭhira, the eldest of the Pāṇḍava brothers, had visited him. According to another version, his hermitage was near the present town of Śṛṅgerī[1] on the bank of the river Tuṅgā. The liṅga worshiped by him is said to be the same as that situated on the nearby hill and now known as Malahānikeśvara.


  1. Śṛṅgerī is in Karnataka.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore