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Story of Vidyujjihva – Husband of Surpanakha in the Ramayana

Vidyujjihva was the husband of Surpanakha, sister of demon king Ravana. He was the brother of Kalakeyas and he fought several battles along with Ravana. Vidyujjihva had a son named Shambhu Kumara in Shoorpanakha.

Once aided by Vidyut Jihva, Ravana defeated Indra, the king of Devas. While he was returning from heaven, Ravana was blocked by Kalakeyas. Ravana defeated and killed the kalakeyas.

This enraged Vidyut Jihva, who encountered Ravana. In the battle Ravana had to kill Vidyujjihva.

To console Shoorpanakha, Ravana gave her permission to find a suitable husband and if any one turns down her proposal he promised to forcibly conduct the marriage. 

There is another story regarding the death of Vidyut Jihva. It is stated that Ravana accidentally killed Vidyujjihva during the battle against Indra.

Note – There is another character named Vidyut Jihva in Ramayana. He was a sorcerer and attendant of Ravana. He was deputed to make a head of Sri Ram and show it to Mata Sita at Ashoka Vana.