What is the story of Jatayu?

Jatayu is a prominent character in Hindu mythology and an important figure in the epic Ramayana. He is a vulture and is known for his bravery and loyalty.

According to the Ramayana, Jatayu was a close friend of King Dasharatha, the father of Lord Rama. Jatayu had also helped Dasharatha in battle many times. After Dasharatha’s death, Jatayu became a loyal friend of Rama.

When Rama’s wife, Sita, was kidnapped by the demon king Ravana, Jatayu tried to rescue her. He fought bravely against Ravana, but he was too old and was no match for the demon king’s strength. Jatayu was badly injured in the fight, but he managed to inform Rama about Sita’s abduction before he died.

Rama later arrived at the spot where Jatayu lay wounded and offered him water. Jatayu blessed Rama and breathed his last.

Jatayu’s sacrifice and bravery are remembered to this day as a symbol of devotion and loyalty. Many temples and shrines in India are dedicated to Jatayu, and he is venerated as a revered figure in Hindu mythology.

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