In the Hindu epic Ramayana, NalaNala
In the Hindu epic Ramayana, Nala is the vanara (monkey), who is credited as the engineer of the Rama Setu, a bridge across the ocean between Rameswaram (India) and Lanka, identified... is the Vanara They are generally depicted as humans with monkey-like characteristics who live in forest. They are believed to have supernatural abilities and considered intellectual beings. Hanuman belonged to the same race and had the powers to change his shape and size at his will.(monkey), who is credited as the engineer of the RamaRama
As of late, in the year 2007, the idea of whether Rama... Setu, a bridge across the ocean between Rameswaram (India) and Lanka, identified with modern-day Sri Lanka, so forces of the god Rama can pass over to Lanka.
The bridge is also known as Nala Setu, the bridge of Nala. Sometimes, another vanara called NilaNila
In the Hindu epic Ramayana, Nila, also spelled as Neela, is a vanara (monkey) chieftain in the army of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya and avatar of the god Vishnu. He is the commander-in-chief... is also credited as the builder of the bridge. Nala is described as the architect of the vanaras. Nala is also described to have fought in the battle between Rama and Ravana, the king of Lanka.
The Ramayana narrates that SitaSita
Sita is the most benevolent Goddess, who is known... - the wife of Rama, prince of Ayodhya and avatar of the god VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. - was kidnapped by Ravana, the rakshasa (demon) king of Lanka. Rama aided by an army of vanaras (monkeys) reached the end of land and wanted to cross over to Lanka. Rama worships the god of the ocean, Varuna and requests him to make way. When Varuna does not appear before Rama, Rama starts shooting various weapons at the sea, which starts drying up.
A terrified Varuna pleads to Rama. Though he refuses to give way, he gives Rama a solution. He tells Rama that Nala, the son of Vishwakarma - the architect of the gods, is amongst his vanara army; Nala has the necessary expertise of an architect, owing to a boon from his divine father. Varuna suggests that Rama construct a bridge across the ocean to Lanka, under the supervision of Nala. Nala volunteers for the task and also comments that the arrogance of the Ocean (Varuna) was tamed by Rama with a threat when love had failed.
The vanaras fell mighty trees, and collect logs of wood and giant boulders and cast them in the sea. With the help of the vanara army, Nala completes the 80 miles (130 km) (ten yojana) bridge in just five days. Rama and his army pass over it and reach Lanka, where they prepare to fight Ravana.
Commentaries on the Ramayana elaborate the event. Nala is said to have been born when Vishwakarma embraced Nala's vanara mother and has an ejaculation. While some commentaries say that other monkeys merely collect the building material, Nala is the one who constructs the bridge; others says that the monkeys build the bridge under his directions. The Kamba Ramayana also solely credits Nala as the architect and builder of the bridge, the Ramacharitamanasa credits Nala and his brother Nila for the creation.