Akampana

(‘the unshaken’)

A kṣattriya king of the Kṛtayuga (the golden age, the first of the four ages or aeons of the world) known as Akampana lost his dear 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 (Mahābhārata, Droṇaparva 52 and Śāntiparva 2.62).

Akampana is also the name of a rākṣasa (demon) mentioned in the Rāmāyaṇa (Araṇyakāṇḍa 31, Yuddha-kāṇḍa 56). 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.