In the Hindu Epic Ramayana, there is a reference to a divine bird called Jatayu. There are different stories and myths related to the birth and life of Jatayu. However, he comes into prominence in the Epic when he tries to save Goddess Sita (wife of Lord Rama) from Ravana, the demon king of Lanka.
The story goes that Ravana had abducted Goddess Sita and took her on his Pushpaka Vimana (Reference to a sort of an aeroplane) to Lanka. Jatayu, who heard the cries of the Goddess confronted Ravana and went on to try and resist his advancement. However, the mighty Ravana used Chandrahasa (his Sword) and chopped off his wings. He fell on the top of a hill, badly injured as a result of the valiant effort.
When Lord Rama came searching for his wife, Jatayu was still alive and gave vital information about the abduction of Sita by Ravana and the direction he had taken her. Lord Rama, who sensed Jatayu’s end blessed the bird and gave him ‘Moksha’. This information provided by the dying Jatayu was crucial in the subsequent turn of events and the Rama-Ravana War that followed.