According to ancient Hindu epic Ramayana, Bali was the king of Kishkindha. He was the son of Indra and is popularly known as the elder brother of Sugriva. Bali had a wife named Tara and had a son Angada. Bali was killed by Lord Rama.

Fight Between Bali and Sugreeva:

Bali was a powerful and brave king of vanaras. He had a boon according to which anyone who came to fight before him used to lose half

Bali and Sugreeva fight

Bali and Sugreeva fight

of his strength to Bali. This boon made Bali invincible. In one of the incidents Ravana challenged Bali for a fight. Bali took Ravana by his tail and humbled him by taking him all around the world. Ravana gave up and called for armistice.

One day Bali was challenged by a rakshasa for a fight. Bali accepted his challenge and headed towards him to fight, but soon the rakshasa came to know about his strength and fled with fear into a deep cave.

Bali told his brother Sugriva to guard the cave and wait for him to return. He then headed into the cave to kill the rakshasa. Sugriva saw blood flowing out of the mouth of cave and came to a conclusion that his brother has been killed by the rakshasa.

He immediately with a heavy heart sealed the mouth of cave with a big boulder and returned back to the kingdom. Bali killed the rakshasa and while heading back towards the exit of cave found it to be closed.

He soon came out of the cave and headed back to his kingdom where he saw Sugriva acting as a king. This enraged Bali and he came into a conclusion that his brother Sugriva betrayed him. Sugriva tried to explain his innocence to his brother, but Bali didn’t listen to him. He banished Sugriva from his kingdom and took his wife Ruma. Sugriva fled to the forest where meets Lord Rama. He formed an alliance with Lord Rama. Lord Rama does a favor to Sugriva by killing Bali and Sugriva reclaims his kingdom.
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