Hanuman is the great monkey god, and has supernatural
strength and magic powers. Hanuman's great friendship for Rama helps Rama to
Hanuman was a monkey god who lived in the valley of flowers. His father was the god
of the wind. His mother was a princess. Hanuman was as strong as a hurricane, and
his magic powers allowed him to transform himself from an ordinary monkey into
Hanuman became the best friend of Rama, a prince whose father sent him to live in
the forest. When Hanuman learned that Rama's wife had been kidnapped by a demon
called Ravana, he promised his friend that he would find her.
Hanuman found Sita in the garden of Ravana's palace on the island of Lanka. The
demons set fire to Hanuman's tail, but Hanuman was able to use his powers to stay
cool. Using his burning tail, he set the entire kingdom of Lanka on fire, then
flew away. He later came back to Lanka with Rama, who used his bow and arrow to
With an army of monkeys, Hanuman and Rama fought the demons and set Sita free.
Afterwards, they returned to the forest. Hanuman remained forever devoted to the
couple, whose image is engraved in his heart.
Jatayu is a giant bird who attacks Ravana in
his flying chariot, trying to save Sita. In his dying moments, Jatayu tells Rama
that it was Ravana who took Sita away to Lanka.