Akampana

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By Swami Harshananda

Akampana is literally translated as ‘the unshaken’.

A kṣattriya king of the Kṛtayuga[1] known as Akampana lost his son, Hari, in a battle and was stricken with inconsolable grief. The divine sage Nārada took pity on him and consoled him with love and logic, describing the inevitable end of all life.[2]

Akampana is also the name of a rākṣasa (demon) mentioned in the Rāmāyana.[3] He was the son of Sumāli and was the first to inform Rāvaṇa of the massacre of Khara and his assistants by Rāma. He was later killed in the battle by Hanumān.

References

  1. the golden age, the first of the four ages of the world
  2. Mahābhārata, Dronaparva 52 and Sāntiparva 2.62
  3. Aranyakānda 31, Yuddha- kānda 56
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore