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Angad

Other names : Aangad, Anghad, Angada

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ngad was the son of Bali, the elder brother of Sugreeva. His mother was Tara. When Rama killed Bali, before he breathed his last, he had given over his son, Angad, to Rama’s care. When Sugreeva was appointed the king of Kishkindha, Angad was made the Yuvaraj (prince designate). Angad was a great favorite of Lord Rama. In the battle between Rama and Ravana, Angad was made the commander of the army.

 

When Sugreeva sent Hanuman and Jambavat to the southern directions in search of Sita, Angad was put in charge of the main search party. When a month had passed in the search for Sita, Angad was very distressed at their failure to find her. It was Jambavat who reassured him. When Hanuman returned with the news of Sita at last, Angad breathed a sign of relief.

Angad was the son of Bali, the elder brother of Sugreeva. His mother was Tara. When Rama killed Bali, before he breathed his last, he had given over his son, Angad, to Rama’s care. When Sugreeva was appointed the king of Kishkindha, Angad was made the Yuvaraj (prince designate).

On crossing the bridge made over the ocean, Shri Rama, Lakshman and Sugreeva reached Suvela Mountain in Lanka. Then, on consultation with Jambavat, Shri Rama sent Angad as his envoy to the court of Ravana. When Angad was on his way to the court, Ravana’s son saw him and blocked his path, hurling many insults at him.

 

Ravana’s son mistook Angad for the same vanar (monkey) who had set Lanka on fire, which was Hanuman. He challenged Angad to a fight, but with one mighty blow, Angad killed him at once. There was a tremendous uproar in Lanka when the news of his death spread.

While giving his introduction, Angad said of himself: “I am the son of Bali, the monkey in whose armpit you stayed for six months.” Ravana was humiliated to be reminded of this incident.

In Ravana’s court, Angad strongly advised Ravana to return Sita at once to Rama, and seek refuge at Rama’s feet. Else, he warned, all of Lanka and his Rakshasa (demonic) army would be completely destroyed. While giving his introduction, Angad said of himself: “I am the son of Bali, the monkey in whose armpit you stayed for six months.” Ravana was humiliated to be reminded of this incident.

 

Displaying his prowess, Angad put one foot forward, and declared “If anyone can move my foot, then we will give up our demand for Sita’s return and Rama will depart from Lanka.”

 

Many powerful warriors from Ravana’s court tried and tried to lift Angad’s foot but in vain. Then a group of rakshasas tried to collectively lift Angad’s foot, but they could not do so.

 

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Filled with rage, the arrogant king Ravana came forward. As soon as he bent down to lift Angad’s foot, Angad said to him, “O Ravana, would it not be better to touch the feet of Shri Rama instead?” Ravana was again embarrassed and crestfallen. As he bent down, his crown fell off his head. Angad seized it and threw it, the symbol of Ravana’s kingly authority, far away, and it fell at the feet of Shri Rama. Filled with rage, Ravana cried, “Seize this vanar (monkey)! Kill him!” But no one had the courage to approach Angad, much less capture him. Without any opposition, Angad returned to Shri Rama.

 

 

 

 

“O Ravana, would it not be better to touch the feet of Shri Rama instead?” Ravana was again embarrassed and crestfallen. As he bent down, his crown fell off his head. Angad seized it and threw it, the symbol of Ravana’s kingly authority, far away, and it fell at the feet of Shri Rama.

On the next day, during the battle alongside Hanuman, Angad waged a furious assault and killed many demons and warriors. He cut their heads off and hurled them into Ravana’s palace courtyard, where they burst like clay pots. Angad also joined Hanuman in obstructing and interfering with the Yagna (fire sacrifice) that Meghnad was conducting to ensure the demons’ victory. During the battle, Angad killed Ravana’s mighty commander, Akampan, and hundreds of Ravana’s soldiers.

 

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When they saw Angad from afar, the soldiers of Ravana’s army would flee with fear. He played a very important role in the battle at Lanka. He was a true devotee of Shri Rama. After the battle, when Rama returned to Ayodhya on the Pushpak Viman (a vehicle that could fly in the air), he took Hanuman, Sugreeva, Jambavat, and Angad with him to Ayodhya. During the coronation ceremony of Shri Rama, Angad had a place of honour, and on the list of Rama’s devotees. Angad was a valued vanar (monkey) bhakta.

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