crossed the town of Varanavatha and reached the banks of the river
Ganga. There, they met a boat man who happily took them across to the
to put maximum distance between themselves and the city of
Varanavatha, the Pandavas did not stop at the other side of the
river. They kept walking even after reaching the other side.
by then it was dark.
using the lights of the stars, the six people walked and they walked
until they were exhausted. And now they had reached a dense forest.
the forest was so dark, that after walking for some time, the
Pandavas were completely lost.
in the dark forest, they could not even make out which way they had
to go to get out of the forest. Stumbling, they kept walking and
slipped and fell often, because they could not see where they were
and hungry after hours of walking, the Pandavas were exhausted and
just did not know what to do. Feeling almost hopeless, Yudhishtara
turned to Bheema, “I cannot do this anymore. I do not know...”
Yudhishtara swallowed painfully as he continued. “I do not even
know what has happened to Purochana - whether that wretch survived
the fire or not. And all I have done is keep walking. Please,”
Yudhishtara said shaking his head tiredly. “Please, help us.”
was obviously not one to even find the request of his brother odd. He
was after all the son of Vayu – the powerful Wind God – the God
who could create tornadoes and shake up entire cities. Bheema did not
even hesitate as he carried all his brothers and his mother. He put
his mother on his shoulder, Nakula and Sahadeva on his arms and he
carried Yudhishtara and Arjuna in his hands. And with all this,
Bheema did not falter or run out of breath. He walked as if he was
Bheema nearly smashed through the forest as he walked. The force with
which Bheema walked through the forest and even grown up trees did
not have a chance. Bheema kicked the trees and kept walking unmindful
of what was in his path.
were almost in the middle of the forest, when the brothers were now
hearing the sounds of water birds, realized that there was a pond
under the instructions of his brother, Bheema left his mother and
brothers and walked towards the pond to get water. After drinking
water, he carried it back.
the water back in his soaking upper garmet, Bheema saw a
disheartening sight – his brothers and mother – the people who
were meant to be kings and queen, were lying fast asleep on the rough
forest ground. The people who until a day back were sleeping on the
softest bed in the entire kingdom, were now asleep in the rough and
rocky regions of the forests. That was the time Bheema cursed
angrily. All this was happening because of the wretched son of
Dhirdarashtra. Bheema looked at Yudhishtara almost with despair.
I would kill all the sons of Dhirdarashtra. All at one go! The
only reason, I have not yet done it, is because Yudhishtara is not
yet angry with Duryodhana. Bheema wondered what would make
Yudhishtara really angry at the sons of Dhirdarashtra....
as his brothers were asleep, Bheema looked around the forest and
decided that he would not sleep. The forest looked dangerous and
Bheema wanted to keep his brothers and mother safe. He kept watch
over his brothers, while they slept.
the Pandavas rested there not knowing the dangers that they were
not far away from the place where the Pandavas were asleep, there
lived a Rakshasa by name Hidimba. Hidimba was a vicious cannibal. In
the forests which was his home, Hidimba with his heightened sensed
was able to smell the brothers as soon as they had stepped inside the
Hidimba was ready for a tasty meal. He turned to his sister Hidimbi.
“I can smell humans in my territory, sister. Go and see who these
humans are. And after you find them, kill them.” Hidimba said with
mad, gleeful eyes.
who had been living with his brother for as long as she could
remember, had done many such work for her brother. She did not find
it any odd to do her brother’s bidding this time too, as she walked
towards the sleeping humans.
did she know that her life was about to change.
Hidimbi saw the Pandavas fast asleep in the grounds of the forest,
she saw Bheema who was awake and keeping a watchful eye around.
in the dark forest, as Hidimbi saw Bheema’s features, she
immediately fell in love with the human. It was love at first sight
for Hidimbi and she could not even remember that she was here because
she wanted to kill the humans. Right now, she could do nothing else –
she just wanted to keep staring at the handsome man in front of her.
some time, Hidimbi just could not control herself, as she changed her
appearance and decided to talk with the human.
beautiful and decked up like a human, Hidimbi approached Bheema.
stirred and saw a beautiful woman come near him and was wary. “Who
are you?” Bheema asked the woman keeping an eye, looking around.
territory belongs to the cruel Rakshasa – Hidimba, human. Hidimba
is an evil man and feasts of human flesh. I am his sister and I was
sent by him. But on seeing you, I just cannot do anything that my
brother wants me to do. After seeing you, I realize that I want only
you as my husband, and no one else.”
stared blankly at the woman as she continued. “What are you doing
here at this time? Do not stay here all alone. Come away with me.
Come away with me so that I can keep you safe from my brother.”
laughed mirthlessly. “My mother and my brothers are sleeping. I
cannot leave them here all alone.” Bheema studied the woman again.
“And I do not fear Rakshasas.” There was a mad gleam in Bheema’s
eyes as he looked at Hidimbi. “In fact, rakshasas need to fear me.
I am so powerful that I can defeat anyone who fights me.”