Vali – The King of Monkeys


Vali was the king of monkeys. He is said to be the son of the sage Kashyapa. He had obtained a boon that he would get half of his opponent’s strength in combat. This made him invincible in fair combat. He fell out with his younger brother Sugreeva, who sought the help of Rama in killing his brother.

According to the promise made to Sugreeva, Rama killed Vali with an arrow, fired from a hidden spot when Vali was fighting with Sugreeva. This way Rama avoided losing half his strength, as he was hidden from Vali.

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