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Kalanemi was a rakshasa (night-wandering demon) who was dispatched by the asura (demon) king Ravana to prevent Hanuman, the monkey god and loyal ser­vant of Rama, from reaching the magic Drona mountain. Hanuman needed heal­ing herbs for the wounded Lakshmana during the Rama-Ravana war. Kalanemi appeared as a brahmin in order to fool Hanuman, but this shape-shifting demon got himself killed in the process.
He also had a lifetime during the Krishna incarnation as Kamsa, the evil uncle of Krishna.