Ilavida or Idavida (Sanskrit: इडविडा, romanizedIḍaviḍā) is a character in the Ramayana. She is the first wife of the sage Vishrava[1] and the mother of Kubera.[2]

Other namesIdavida, Devavarnini
TextsPuranas, Ramayana
Personal information
ParentsBharadvaja (father) (Ramayana)
Trinabindu (father), Alambusha (mother) (Bhagavata Purana)


In the Ramayana, Ilavida is described to be the daughter of the rishi Bharadvaja.[3] Ilavida was given in marriage to the rishi Vishrava and bore him a son, Kubera, who would eventually become the king of Lanka.

According to the Bhagavata Purana, she is the daughter of King Trinabindu and Alambusha.[4][5]

Citations and notesEdit

  1. ^ Coulter, Charles Russell; Turner, Patricia (6 December 2021). Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities. McFarland. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-7864-9179-7.
  2. ^ Dowson, John (23 March 2020). A Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythodology and Religion, Geography, History, and Literature. BoD – Books on Demand. p. 363. ISBN 978-3-8460-4736-1.
  3. ^ Stutley, Margaret and James (9 April 2019). A Dictionary of Hinduism: Its Mythology, Folklore and Development 1500 B.C.-A.D. 1500. Routledge. p. 288. ISBN 978-0-429-62754-5.
  4. ^ Daniélou, Alain (December 1991). The Myths and Gods of India: The Classic Work on Hindu Polytheism from the Princeton Bollingen Series. Inner Traditions / Bear & Co. p. 135. ISBN 978-0-89281-354-4.
  5. ^ Parmeshwaranand, Swami (2001). Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Puranas. Sarup & Sons. p. 55. ISBN 978-81-7625-226-3.