Jambavan: King of Bears
By: Emmanuel Torres
Sugriva, when he looked at the upcoming events in helping Rama find
that he would need all the help he could get…….
Sugriva sent a messenger to request Jambavan’s aid. Jambavan was
known for his excellent leadership skills.
Once the word was out, Jambavan quickly responded as he was always
willing to help someone in need. He gathered his troops of bears
and addressed them about the conflict….
“I call upon all the bears under my rule to
lend a helping hand. Rama needs our help to find his wife
Sita. She was abducted by Ravana the king of the rakshasas.
Who will come and help me?” Jambavan questioned.
The bears were very loyal to Jambavan and not even one refused the
“I do have to warn you that this journey could lead
to a bloody battle and I do not guarantee that your life will not be in
So they made their way to Sugriva’s kingdom to meet the
monkeys. There, they assembled their armies and were twice as
As they made their way, Hanuman gave Jambavan further details about
Sita’s abduction. They were overheard by Sampati who is Jatayu’s
brother. Sampati told the monkeys and the bears that he saw
Ravana fly with Sita to Lanka. They, then took him aside and
respectfully told Sampati about Jatayu's great bravery against
Ravana. Simpati was very sad to hear about his
brother’s death, but also very proud at the same time.
So they continued their journey toward Lanka. They then
the ocean and everyone lost hope. It would be a 100 league jump
to Lanka. Then Jambavan stepped up and looked toward Hanuman.
“You’re a strong young monkey and you have many
abilities that have not even been tapped. I have faith that you
can make the jump to Lanka and bring news about Sita,” explained
It was Jambavan who made Hanuman aware of his abilities. Thanks
to Jambavan, Hanuman
gathered the confidence to jump toward Lanka and bring the news back.
Hanuman successfully retured with good news and they then traveled
toward Kishkindha to tell Rama.
Rama was glad to know Sita was alive and Rama, the monkeys, and the
headed for battle against Ravana, where Jambavan showed how aggressive
he was. He showed his leadership with his immense strength.
He was ruthless against the demons. He showed no mercy when he
the demons to pieces.
After a successful battle, it was Jambavan and Hanuman who remained on
earth to tell Rama’s story…..
Note: I chose to focus
on Jambavan’s leadership skills. He was one of the main
characters in the Ramayana that played a big role in the retrieval of
Sita. I chose to focus on the parts of the story that featured
Jambavan. I know that once he told Hanuman to jump toward Lanka,
there were a lot of important things taking part, but they did not
included Jambavan. Jambavan was fierce in battle and defeated
many rakshasa, showing them no mercy. Just like Hanuman, Jambavan
very devoted to Rama. He also chose to stay on earth and tell
Rama’s story. He was quick to answer the call and rally his
troops to give a lending hand….
Buck, William. The Ramayana.
California Press, 1976.
Image Information: Alaskan Bear