Vānara (Sanskrit: वानर) popularly refers to a group of monkey-like humanoids in the Hindu epic Ramayana who were brave and inquisitive by nature. They possessed supernatural powers and could change their shapes. The term Vanara can be described as forest-dweller (vane carati iti vanara).

The epic Mahabharata describes them as forest-dwelling, and mentions their being encountered by Sahadeva, a Pandava general who led a military campaign to south India.

Read more about Vanara:  In The Ramayana, Shapeshifting, Well-known Vanara

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