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Spouse(s) Ketumati
Children Kaikesi,Prahasta, Akampana, Vikata, Kalikamuka, Dhumraksha,Danda, Suparshva, Sanghradi, Praghasa, Barkarna ,Raka, Pushpotyata and Kumbhinasi

Sumali (Malay: Sumaliwan, Tamil: Chumali, Thai: ท้าวสหมลิวัน) is the maternal grandfather of Ravana, the principal antagonist of the Ramayana. He was a Rakshasa King.

He, his elder brother Malyavan and younger brother Mali were the sons of the Rakshasa Sukesha.[citation needed] Sumali along with his two brothers made a tapasya to Brahma and asked that their brotherly love would be unbreakable and no one would be able to defeat them. Consequently, they conquered every Aditya and Daitya. With these powers they asked Vishvakarma to make a city for them. Thus they received Lanka where they lived in luxury. Later they were defeated by the gods and Mali was killed by Vishnu, while Malyavan and Sumali took shelter in Rasatala, with their kinsmen.

Sumali's wife was Ketumati with whom he had ten sons - Prahasta, Akampana, Vikata, Kalikamuka, Dhumraksha, Danda, Suparshva, Sanghradi, Praghasa, Barkarna and four daughters - Raka, Pushpotyata, Kaikesi, and Kumbhinasi. Kaikesi was married to sage Vishrava and their son Ravana reconquered Lanka. Other sons of Kaikesi were-Kumbhakarna and Vibhishana. She had a daughter named Shurpanakha.

During the battle with the Devas, along with his grandsons Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Khara, he defeated the army of the Devas badly. Only a Gandharva, Savitra and a Vasu managed to regain his courage and after a fierce battle, killed Sumali.


Year Name Channel Country Played by
2018 Raavana TV Derena ( Sri Lanka Derana TV Production
2006 Raavan (TV series) Zee TV India Rajendra Gupta
1997 Jai Hanuman Sony TV India Chand Dhar
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