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Hinduism - Who Is Kabandha In Hindu Mythology?


 ("trunk with no head") In the Ramayana (the older of the two major Hindu epics), a demon confronts the epic's protagonist, god-king Rama, and Rama's brother Lakshmana.

Kabandha was a monarch of the gandharvas, or heavenly musicians, in a previous incarnation, but his head was thrust down into his body after a fight with the god Indra.

When Kabandha asks for a way to eat, Indra inserts a mouth into Kabandha's stomach.

When Rama and Lakshmana chop off his arms, Indra promises him that the curse will be broken.

As Rama and Lakshmana seek a jungle for Rama's abducted wife Sita, Kabandha approaches them and grips each of them in one of his extended arms.

When they realize they can't get away, Rama and Lakshmana each slice off one of his arms, and Kabandha requests the brothels to burn his corpse with his dying breaths.

The gandharva king emerges from the flames in his former form and instructs the brothers to seek aid from the monkey-king Sugriva while the corpse burns.


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