Vali and Mayavi

Vali was king of the monkeys. One day a dreadful asura in the form of a bull, Dundhubi, attacked the kingdom. Vali defeated Dundhubi, but then Dundhubi's son, Mayavi, came seeking to avenge his father.
Vali and Mayavi fought one another in the forest. Finally, Mayavi fled into a cave.
Before chasing Mayavi into the cave, Vali commanded his brother Sugriva to keep watch. "If I fail and Mayavi emerges from the cave, you must kill him."
Sugriva waited.
And waited.
No one emerged from the cave.
Thinking Vali was dead, Sugriva sealed up the cave and declared himself king.

Inspired by: Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik
Notes: This story is on p. 154 of the book. In Valmiki's Ramayana, this is the Kishkindha Kanda (Book 4), sarga 11.

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