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KUMBHAKARNA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] Son of Visravas by his Rakshasa wife Kesini, and full brother of Ravana.

A monster who, under the curse of Brahma (or, as otherwise represented, as a boon), slept for six months at a time and remained awake for only a single day.

When Ravana was hard pressed by Rama he sent to arouse Kumbhakarna. This was affected with great difficulty. After drinking 2000 jars of liquor he went to consult with his brother, and then took the field against the monkey army. He beat down Sugriva, the monkey chief, with a large stone, and carried him a prisoner into the city of Lanka.

When he returned to the battle he encountered Rama, and after a stout fight he was defeated, and Rama cut off his head.

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