Jambawat in Hindu mythology, was an Avatar, an incarnation of the supreme god, in the form of a giant bear. Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu) appeared for the purpose of conquering Ravana, the giant king of Ceylon. The gods all supported the latter, with armies of apes, of bears, and other animals. Brahma gave the bears a king, Jambawat, who came out of the mouth of the god, and who possessed the spirit of Brahma. He now wished to make the expedition to Ceylon alone, but Krishna fought three days with him, until he recognised the supremacy of Vishmnu (whose incarnation Krishna was). Then he followed Rama, with his entire army of bears, and assisted him in conquering Ceylon and its ruler.

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