Sugreeva Fights with Bali

Rama told Sugreeva his story and Sugreeva in turn told him about his older brother Bali and the reason for their animosity. He narrated that when Bali went to kill the demon

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Rama told Sugreeva his story and Sugreeva in turn told him about his older brother Bali and the reason for their animosity. He narrated that when Bali went to kill the demon in the cave and asked Sugreeva to keep watch, he waited for a month as told. Then he placed a rock at the mouth of the cave as he thought Bali had been killed and the demon was inside. In Kishkindha, the capital, the Vanara subjects crowned Sugreeva as King. Meanwhile Bali killed the demon and came back to Kishkindha. He thought Sugreeva was trying to grab the throne and so he became his enemy. Bali took away Sugreeva’s wife Roma and threatened to kill him. Sugreeva ran to save his life but Bali followed him everywhere close at heel. Then Sugreeva realized that the only place he would be safe would be at Rishyamukh hill where Bali would not step because of curse put on him by Sage Matanga. Hence, Sugreeva and his followers settled down at Rishyamukh, safe from the clutches of Bali. When he heard this story of Sugreeva, Rama promised him that he would kill Bali and get Roma back with Sugreeva. Rama and Sugreeva forged a bond of friendship and alliance, with fire as their witness. They took an oath to help each other.

Sugreeva gave Rama the ornaments that Sita had thrown down while she was being carried away in Ravana’s aerial chariot. Rama recognized Sita’s jewels and was filled with sorrow. Sugreeva promised him that he would help him search for Sita, with his entire army of monkeys. But he was not convinced that Rama would be able to kill Bali, who was extremely strong and difficult to defeat.

As challenged by Sugreeva, Rama pierced seven palm trees with a single arrow. The he lifted the huge carcass of the demon Dundubhi by the toe and flung it far into the ocean.

Sugreeva was now convinced about Rama’s prowess. As suggested by Rama, he challenged Bali to a wrestling match. Bali’s wife Tara tried to persuade him that the Vishnu avatar Rama was now an ally of Sugreeva and that is why he is challenging you. Bali did not listen to her and fought Sugreeva in a one-to-one combat. However, Sugreeva could not match the immeasurable strength of Bali and lost the first round. He came to Rama who told him that he was at a loss to attack Bali as the two brothers were very identical in their looks. Now Rama placed a garland around Sugreeva ’s neck so that he could tell the two apart and sent him back to fight. The second bout began. Concealed behind a grove of trees, Rama aimed an arrow and felled Bali.

Sugreeva Fights with Bali, Ramayana – The Epic Story

Maharishi Valmiki
Valmiki (Sanskrit: वाल्मीकि, Vālmīki) is celebrated as the harbinger-poet in Sanskrit literature. The epic Ramayana, dated variously from 5th century BCE to first century BCE, is attributed to him, based on the attribution in the text itself. He is revered as Ādi Kavi, the first poet, author of Ramayana, the first epic poem.
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