Jatayu and Sampaati were two brothers. When they were young, they used to compete as to who could fly higher. One day when Jatayu and Sampaati were competing similar way,Jatayu flew so high that he was about to get scorched by sun's flames. Sampaati saved Jatayu by spreading his wings and saved him from burning in hot flames. In this process, Sampaati himself got injured and lost his wings. After that Sampaati lived wingless for the rest of his life. In some other version of the story their role is reversed and the stories depict it was Jatayu who saved Sampati from sun.
The place where Lord Rama found wounded Jatayu was named as Jatayu Mangalam, now Chadaya Mangalam, located in the Kollam district of Kerala. A huge rock in this place is attributed to Jatayu as Jatayu Para.