Rama and Sugriva’s bond shows we need not be related by blood or even race
One of the most important chapters in the Ramayana is the episode between Rama and Sugriva. Lord Rama, as we all know, was the husband of Sita and brother of Lakshman.
Sugriva was the vanara [animal] belonging to the kingdom of Kishkindha, married to Ruma. Vali, his elder brother, was the ruler of the kingdom.
One day, a demon named Mayavi entered the kingdom and created havoc. Vali and Sugriva chased him down in the forest where he entered a deep cave. Vali went inside the cave to fight Mayavi after ordering Sugriva to wait outside. Days passed but Vali never returned.
This forced Sugriva to conclude that his elder brother was no more. With a heavy heart, Vali capped the cave with a huge boulder [so that Mayavi can never return] and returned to Kishkindha. With the absence of Vali, Kishkindha had no king. So, Sugriva assumed the role of the king in order to run the kingdom.
However, Vali returns one fine day and is fumed to see Sugriva as the king of Kishkindha. Vali believed Sugriva tricked him into acquiring the throne. Sugriva tried his best to make his elder brother understand under what circumstances he became to king but to no avail.
Arun Govil and Shyam Sundar Kalani as Rama and Sugriva in Ramanand Sagar’s classic TV serial Ramayan
Sugriva became Vali’s biggest enemy. He was thrown out of Kishkinda and banned from entering the city. Worse, he even married Vali’s wife Ruma. Sugriva takes refuge in the Rishimukh mountains as that is the only place where Vali can’t enter because of a curse.
Sugriva roamed around Rishimukh with few friends like Hanuman and Jambavan [the bear], hoping to avenge the humiliation. But how?
This is when Rama, along with and his brother Lakshman, entered Rishimukh in search of his wife Sita, who had been abducted by the evil Ravana. Sugriva narrated his sorry tale to Rama and vice versa.
Rama promised to help Sugriva kill his evil brother. Sugriva, on the other hand, vowed to help Rama in freeing Sita from the clutches of Ravana.
It is interesting to note that both Rama and Sugriva were cheated by their own blood. Sugriva’s life was destroyed by his brother Vali. Rama’s mother Kaikeyi tricked her husband Dashrath in sending Rama, Lakshmana and Sita into exile.
Hence, a bond forms between Rama and Sugriva. Here are two people from not only different families but also different races and society. Yet they become as close as a family to help each other out.
They proved wrong the theory that we need to be related by blood to be a part of the same family.
It is believed that incidents shown in Indian mythology will stay relevant forever or as long as there is life on earth. This holds true in this regard too.
I am sure we have seen numerous examples of such friendships in our lives. In fact, many of you reading this would have friends who are as good as family members.
Hanuman and Arjun faced the same challenge once
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The episode from Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan that celebrates the bond between Lord Rama and Sugriva