A well-known hero of Rāmāyaṇa, Aṅgada was the son of Vālī and Tārā. His exploits are many and varied. When Sugrīva was anointed as the king of Kiṣkindhā, Aṅgada was appointed as the yuvarāja, the heir apparent. He was the leader of the group of monkeys that was sent to the south in search of Sītā. Before the commencement of the war, Śrī Rāma had sent him to Rāvaṇa on a peace mission. Later, when the war was in progress he succeeded in disturbing the sacrifice at Nikumbhilā performed by Indrajit. He killed many rākṣasa heroes of Rāvaṇa’s army during the battles.

There are two more Aṅgadas mentioned in the itihāsas: Aṅgada, the first son of Lakṣmaṇa and Ūrmilā; Aṅgada, a kṣattriya king, who fought for Duryodhana in the Kurukṣetra war.