There were some Rakshasas like Vibhishana who were noble. Were there any Asuras/Rakshasas who were initially evil but eventually became good i.e moved to the side of Dharma?

  • Maareecha is another one. Feb 20 '16 at 2:45
  • Can you count Mahabali, The anonymous bramharakshas of Nampaduvan at Thirukurungudi & Gadodhgajan in it? @sv AFAIK, Mareecha advised the dharmic way, but didn't move as per the question. Just want to learn by asking questions..
    – Narayanan
    Feb 20 '16 at 3:13
  • Well Hidimbi,the wife of Pandava Bhima,is one of them.I heard that due to her penance,she became a goddess.Sachi,wife of Indra,is also another demoness as she was the daughter of Paolouman(I think I spelt the name wrongly),the Asura king.And Mandodari,queen of Rakshasas.
    – user4627
    Feb 20 '16 at 3:18
  • How are Raakshasa evil ay first place? You know that even Devas can produce obstruction in tasks, it is called "Deva Badhaa" (obstruction madr by Devas). All Devas and Asuras are initially Dharmic , or evil, or good or bad or enlighten. Even Asuras practice Yoga and Devas play mischief
    – user14995
    Apr 6 '18 at 15:25
  • @AnuragSingh, if you have ever read Ramayana or Mahabharatha you'll know that Raakshasas often disrupted yajnas & yagas, killed and ate rishis and saadhus. How many Devas indulged in such behavior? Please keep your 'postmodernist' thinking out.
    – Bharat
    Apr 6 '18 at 15:27

1)Vibhishana 2)Mahabali 3)Hidimbi 4)Sachi 5)Mandodari Are there any more?



Brahma then addressed Vibhishana, 'O my son, I am much pleased with thee! Ask any boon thou pleasest!' Thereupon, Vibhishana replied, 'Even in great danger, may I never swerve from the path of righteousness, and though ignorant, may I, O adorable Sire, be illumined with the light of divine knowledge!' And Brahma replied, 'O scourge of thy enemies, as thy soul inclines not to unrighteousness although born in the Rakshasa race, I grant thee immortality!'

Vibhishna asked Brahma that he should always be righteous and have the light of divine knowledge. Brahma was so pleased that in addition, he even bestowed immortality upon him.


Asuras/Rakshasas/Daityas/Danavas who were initially evil but eventually became good i.e moved to the side of Dharma?

Asuras/Rakshasas/Daityas/Danavas who were of virtuous nature:

  • Shachi (queen of Indra), the daughter of Asura Pulaman (as per Mahabharata)

  • Bali Maharaj (as per most of the Puranas)

  • Prahlad (as per most of the Puranas)

  • Prahoti (as per Ramayana)

  • Vibhishana (as per Ramayana)

  • Vajrang, Diti's son and TARAKASUR's father (as per Shiva Purana)

  • Mandodari, daughter of Maya Danava (as per Ramayana)

  • You should add chapter name because links may be dead some day. It happened many times. Don't worry about some comments saying chapter name is inconsistent. Just add the chapter name you found. Jun 3 '18 at 13:53

The obvious interpretation of the Shiva Purana is Vajrāṅga is an Asura who stopped being evil on his own. However, technically the only verse he is referred to as an Asura could be interpreted as giving up his Asura form.

https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/shiva-purana-english/d/doc226078.html https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/shiva-purana-sanskrit/d/doc389737.html

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