Ravana cuts off Jatayu's wing while abducting Sita
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In the Hindu epic Ramayana, Jatayu (Sanskrit: जटायुः, IAST: Jaṭāyuḥ) is a demi-god who has the form of a vulture. He is the younger son of Aruṇa and his wife Shyeni, the brother of Sampati, as well as the nephew of Garuda and an old friend of Dasharatha (Rama's father).

Narrative in the Ramayana

Ravana kills Jatayu.
Ravana kills Jatayu.

Araṇya-Kāṇḍa of Ramayana mentions that Jatayu is the "King of Vultures"(gidharāja).[1] According to the epic, the demon Ravana was abducting the goddess Sita when Jatayu tried to rescue her. Jatayu fought valiantly with Ravana, but as Jatayu was very old Ravana soon defeated him, clipping his wings, and Jayatu fell to earth. Rama and Lakshmana while searching for Sita, chanced upon the stricken and dying Jatayu, who informed them of the battle with Ravana and told them that Ravana had headed South. Jatayu then died of his wounds and Rama performed his final funeral rites.[2][3]

Places related to Jatayu

Jaṭāyū sculpture at Jaṭāyū Nature Park
Jaṭāyū sculpture at Jaṭāyū Nature Park

See also


  1. ^ daśagrīvasthito dharme purāṇe satyasaṃśrayaḥ jaṭāyur nāma nāmnāhaṃ gṛdhrarājo mahābalaḥ — Ramayana 3.048.003
  2. ^ a b K.V., Raman; T., Padmaja (1995). Indian Epic Values: Rāmāyaṇa and Its Impact: Proceedings of the 8th International Rāmāyaạ Conference. Peeters Publishers. p. 86. ISBN 9789068317015.
  3. ^ a b C., Chandramouli (2003). Temples of Tamil Nadu Kancheepuram District. Directorate of Census Operations, Tamil Nadu.
  4. ^ "Kerala tourism to unveil world's largest bird sculpture". The Quint. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Lepakshi: Where Jatayu fell". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Lepakshi Temple - Lepakshi:: The Treasure House of Art and Sculpture". Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  7. ^ R., Dr. Vijayalakshmy (2001). An introduction to religion and Philosophy - Tévarám and Tivviyappirapantam (1st ed.). Chennai: International Institute of Tamil Studies. pp. 530–1.