Episode # 177 – Bheemasena vs. Hidimba – An intense battle begins!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed the Paandavas roaming around in the forest all alone, after they escaped the ploy of Duryodhana burning them down under the “Laaksha Griha”. On one hand, Duryodhana and Co. are of the belief that the Paandavas have been burnt alive, but on the other hand, thanks to Vidura, the Paandavas are safe and secure. As they were in the forest, one day, a Raakshasa by name Hidimba spots them and thus thinks that these people could be killed for his prey for the day. He sends his sister, Hidimbi to check who these people were, before going ahead to kill them. As Hidimbi comes along, all of them were fast asleep, except Bheemasena, who was fuming within himself seeking revenge on Duryodhana for ruining their lives. On the other hand, Bheemasena was crying upon seeing Yudishtra sleeping on the floor, instead of sleeping in the royal palace, which he rightly deserves. It is at this state, Hidimbi meets Bheemasena, and upon seeing him face-to-face, Hidimbi falls in love with Bheemasena instantaneously! Hence, rather than checking on who these five people were, Hidimbi directly proposes to Bheemasena that she wants to marry him! 

Upon hearing this from Hidimbi, Bheemasena was shocked initially! He did not know how to react. However, Bheemasena replied back thus, “Oh lady! I do not even know who you are, and where are you from. Moreover, all my brothers and my mother are sleeping at the moment. I cannot give you an answer without consulting all of them. Moreover, I’ve never received any such instant proposals ever in my life. It is not apt for me at this stage to accept proposals just like that. Also, we’re going through a very bad situation in our lives. We’re wandering amidst the forest because we were plotted to be killed by Duryodhana and Co. at Hastinapura for no fault of ours. Hence, given all these limitations that we are facing right now, I might not be able to marry you!” As Bheemasena replies thus, Hidimbi was clearly not satisfied. She somehow wanted to marry Bheemasena then and there and she was steadfast with her resolution. Hidimbi replies back to Bheemasena thus, “Oh Bheemasena! I know what your situation is. Moreover, you can wake all of them up and let them decide now itself whether we both can get married or not. It’s not a difficult thing isn’t it? Also, let me tell you one important thing about who I am. I’m Hidimbi, sister of a Raakshasa by name Hidimba. Please understand that Hidimba is plotting to kill all of you and it is with this intention he had sent me to you. However, since I’m in love with you, I can take all of you from this place to a safer place wherein Hidimba wouldn’t be able to trace your whereabouts. I shall take the responsibility to protect all of you!” 

As Hidimbi proposes thus, Bheemasena’s ego was slightly hurt. He replies thus, “Oh Hidimbi! What do you think of us? Do you think we’re powerless? I can manage a thousand Hidimbas single handedly at the same time. You do not need to worry about our safety. We are warriors and we know how to take care of ourselves well. I do not need your help in protecting us. Hence, don’t try to play down our strengths and push your agenda on to us. Now that you’ve mentioned that you are a “Raakshasa”, I cannot marry you. Hence, please leave me and look for another person who can marry you!” 

As this conversation was going on between the two of them, Hidimba arrived at the scene. It has been a while since he had sent Hidimbi to check for the whereabouts of these people, but she hasn’t come back with any information. Hence, Hidimba himself came along to see what had happened. Learning what had conspired between the two of them, Hidimba became angry! He shouted thus, “Oh Hidimbi! What are you doing here? Instead of checking these people’s whereabouts, you’ve fallen in love with them! This is not fair! You walk away from here. I shall take care of them by myself!” Saying thus, Hidimba tried to attack Bheemasena straightaway! 

Sensing that there is a huge danger approaching him in the form of Hidimba, Bheemasena decided to give it back to him! He decided to show his strength! As the others were fast asleep, Bheemasena drew Hidimba to a distance and a huge fight between the two of them erupted! Both of them were extremely powerful! As Hidimbi was looking at all this, Bheemasena and Hidimba were involved in an intense battle. As the war progresses further, Kunthi Devi and Arjuna slowly wake up to see what was happening! Initially they did not find Bheemasena around, and both of them started to search for him, only to find him involved in an intense fight with Hidimba! So for today, let us understand until this point and let us wait till the next episode to find out the result of this battle. Is Bheemasena going to stamp his authority over Hidimba or vice-versa? Stay tuned for the important update! 🙂 

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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