Neela, Vanara Army Chief in Ramayana

In the Hindu epic Ramayana, Nila is a vanara chieftain in the army of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya and avatar of the god Vishnu. He is the commander-in-chief of the monkey army under the monkey king Sugriva and is described as leading the army in Rama’s battle against the rakshasa king Ravana of Lanka (identified with modern-day Sri Lanka) and as killing many rakshasas.

Though the Ramayana credits Nala as the sole builder of the Rama Setu, a bridge across the ocean between Rameswaram (India) and Lanka, enabling forces of Rama to pass over to Lanka, other adaptations of the epic attribute the bridge’s construction to both Nala and Nila.

In the Ramayana, Nila is described as the son of Agni, the fire-god, and as the “foremost among the monkeys in effulgence, reputation and prowess”. An important part of the epic describes the role played by the monkey army in the rescue of Sita, the wife of Rama who is kidnapped by Ravana, the rakshasa king of Lanka. The many stories forming the epic are retold in various adaptations.

According to Ramayana, Nila is a vanara army chief and the attendant of Lord Rama and helped a lot towards searching Mata Sita. He worked under the monkey king Sugriva. He was considered as an incarnation of the fire god Sri Agni Dev. He helped in building the bridge Rama Setu, a bridge across the ocean between Rameswaram and Lanka, in order to make the armies of Rama to reach Lanka.

He is a very powerful person among the money warriors and contains good knowledge, wisdom and capable of handling deadly weapons during the battle field.

Sugriva orders Nila to make him to gather the monkeys in one place, so that they can be sent to locate Sita. He also mentioned in Mahabharata.

Let us worship the great money general and be blessed.

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