We have been listening and watching many religious stories since our childhood, the stories mainly revolve around the lead characters and the heroes are always been praised and honoured for the victory but some of the assisting characters stay under-recognized and unsung, though they play a very crucial role in the hero’s journey. Likewise, in Ramayana, a character named Jambvant Ji was underrated. He provided a huge contribution in the hustling journey of Rama and he had Lord Rama’s respect so it is very hard to skip his toil.
It is to be said, Jambvant Ji was created by Lord Brahma for assisting Rama in his battle against Ravan. He was the most unique creation of Lord Brahma, a half Bear and half man, Jambvant Ji was also known as Rikshapati (king of Bear) he was very intelligent and had the knowledge of running a Kingdom. He was also blessed with the strength of 100 million lions, clearly, he was invincible.
Jambvant Ji witnessed pre-eminent historical events like the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan), Jamvantji circled lord Vaman 7 times when he was acquiring the three worlds from Mahabali. He was one of the King Sugriv’s advisers and head of his army. He justified his worth by reminding Hanumanji of his capabilities so that he could fly and reach the Lanka Nagri.
Jambvant Ji was a devotee of Lord Rama, Rama had asked him to stay on the earth for Dwaparyuga too, and to wait for his incarnation. He existed with both the avatars of Lord Vishnu along with Hanuman Ji and Lord Parshuram.
It is also believed that in Dwaparyuga, when Lord Krishna followed him to his cave for a gem called Sayamantaka, while Jambvant Ji was unaware about the reality of Lord Krishna, he fought against him for 18days, afterwards, he realised who Lord Krishna was, he humbly handed the gem over to Lord Krishna and got his daughter Jambvati married to him and finally, Jambvant Ji departed to the Brahmalok.