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By Swami Harshananda

Sugriva literally means ‘one with a beautiful neck’.

Sugrīva and Vālī were the sons of the vānara king of Kiṣkindhā known as Rkṣarajas. Sugrīva was born by the grace of Surya[1] and Indra.[2]


  1. Surya means sun-god.
  2. Indra means the king of gods.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore