Zambavantha – the Biggest Bear in Indian Mythology

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We had come to the last day of #A to Z Challenge. It’s such an exciting ride till date. So here I am coming with another story for the letter Z. Z is one more such letter in Indian script, which goes in parallel with the letter J. So most of the names that start with J could be written with Z too. My character today is the biggest bear in Indian Mythology. He is a half bear and half human. His name is Zambavantha. We can also write as Jambavantha.

This biggest bear is being seen moving around with both Rama and Krishna. I like his story better with Krishna. So am going to tell only that story here now. But you can refer to his other stories in the following book available at Amazon. Zambavantha keeps guiding Hanuman during difficult times.

Hanuman and Zambvantha

Biggest Bear, Zambavantha’s Story:

I hope you all remember the story of Sun’s locket, and how Krishna has been accused of stealing that locket. If not, please let me know, I will tell you that story offline. So Krishna goes in search of this locket into the forest. Then he comes across the dead prince and some lion foot prints. He follows the lion footprints, only to find the dead lion soon. So now he understood that the prince has been killed by the lion, but someone who is very huge has killed this lion and escaped with the locket. As there are huge paw prints on the ground going southwards.

So Krishna follows those footprints, which leads to a big cave. A huge light was radiating from inside the cave. So when Krishna goes inside the cave, he sees a small girl playing with this sun’s locket and a big bear cum man, sleeping nearby. And the light, that he has seen outside the cave is coming from the Sun’s locket. When he tries to take that locket from the girl’s hands, she starts crying and the bear gets up.

Krishna and bear fight for nearly 28 days without food and water. Only when the bear gets tired and defeated does he realize that Krishna is none other than Lord Rama from Ramayana days. So then the bear prays to Krishna and hands over the locket along with his girl. He requests Krishna to marry his daughter.

My granddad says that Zambavantha’s cave where he lived and fought with Krishna are still available to see in Gujarat. So I want to visit them and feel how big this Zambavantha is really? Only then, I would understand why he is called the biggest bear. Please find click this link to know more details as to where his caves are really are:

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My take away from this story:

I had already told my friend little Krishna to introduce me to this biggest bear when we visit our dreamland next. I want to know what this bear eats so that he became so strong and big. How can any person fight for 28 days without food and sleep? I can’t do my gymnastics for more than 2 hours continuously, leave alone fighting. So if I get to know this secret, then I can also have unlimited energy like this biggest bear and become a good gymnast and dancer, isn’t it? What say, folks? In case, you know the answer to my doubts, please do share it with me OK?

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So this is my last story friends. Hope you all liked my stories. If you want to hear more about my stories or my thoughts, then please keep an eye on my blog and follow it. You can read my stories for other alphabets here. I will be missing you all and your wonderful blogs. Nice to be part of these #BlogchatterA2Z and #AtoZChallenges with you all. Hoping to meet you all soon once again. Till then, keep smiling.

12 thoughts on “Zambavantha – the Biggest Bear in Indian Mythology

  1. The biggest message I got from the story of Zambabantha is that in Indian mythologies animals were not considered essentially an enemy. Lord Sri Ram had taken help of monkeys, bears and even a squirrel to build his bridge. In many other stories, animals speak, offer sage advice, and like humans some are good some are cunning and a few are bad. Overall, a coexistence is shown between man and animals, not either or kind of relationship. Thank you for writing so many stories from Indian mythology.

    1. Yes Abhijit. You said it rightly. Thanks for all your encouragement through out the challenge

  2. One of my favorite themes this challenge. I know how much hardwork goes into researching and then coming up with credible content. It was a great journey and I am glad that I came across your blog through the challenge.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge. All the best for future writing. Enjoy!
    #ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia

  3. Hanumantha & Ganesha are my favorite! I daily chant Hanuman Chalisa and also whenever I feel scared (especially after watching horror moies :D) You picked a great theme Suhasini. Made me nostalgic 🙂

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