Sunday Mar 26, 2023

Ep.21:Bhima– Slays Rakshasa Hidimba; Weds Hidimba; Birth of Gatodkacha

The Rakshasa (female:Rakshasi) is a race of beings who were big and fierce looking. They were powerful warriors and were mostly portrayed as the bad guys in ancient Indian scriptures. #Hidimba was one of the better-known Rakshasas in #Indian #mythology–an entire parva is named after the story of his death in the #Mahabharata. After killing Hidimba, the #Pandavas forged an alliance with the #Rakshasas through Bhima’s marriage with Hidimba’s sister. #Bhima and Hidimba had a son named #Gatodkacha, who was extremely loyal to the Pandavas and played an important role in the Pandavas’ victory in the Kurukshetra war.


Listen to the story of:

-The brother (Rakshasa) and sister (Rakshasi) named Hidimba.

-Rakshasi Hidimba’s wish to protect Bhima from her brother.

-Bhima’s fight with Hidimba and the latter’s subsequent death.

-Bhima’s marriage to Hidimba and the birth of their son Gatotkacha.


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The Mahabharata 1: Complete and Unabridged; translated by Bibek Debroy. (2015). Penguin Random House India. (Original work published 2010)

Patil, S. (1976). Myth and Reality of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Social Scientist, 4(8), 68–72.

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