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In the Mahābhārata, Bhima (Sanskrit: भीम, IAST: Bhīma) is one of the central characters of Mahabharata and the second of the Pandava brothers. He is one of at least two sons of lord Vayu in Hindu mythology, another such son being lord Hanuman. Bhima was distinguished from his brothers by his great stature and unimaginable strength.

His legendary prowess is celebrated in the epic: "Of all the wielders of the mace, there is none equal to Bhima; and there is none also who is so skillful a rider of elephants. In fight, they say, he yields not even to Arjuna; and as to might of arms, he is equal to ten thousand elephants. Well-trained and active, he who hath again been rendered bitterly hostile, would in anger consume the Dhritarashtra in no time. Always wrathful, and strong of arms, he is not capable of being subdued in battle by even Indra himself. Bhima a Maharati, capable of fighting 60,000 warriors at once, so mighty was he that when he were to roar in anger he would put to shame the proudest lion and frighten the most fearless warrior".[1] Bheemasena is known for following the Bhagavatha Dharma to the fullest extent possible by the Jivas.

He was furious when the game of dice between his brother, King Yudhisthira, and Duryodhana reached its final stages. Duryodhana told Draupadi to sit on his lap at which Bhima became enraged. He swore to himself and Duryodhana that he would crush those very thighs that he told Draupadi to sit on. But when Dushasana dragged Draupadi into the royal court by her hair and attempted to strip her in the court, Bhima swore that he would tear his chest and drink his blood also wash Draupadi's hair with it. During the second exile of the Pandavas, he visited Alakapuri and was blessed by Kubera. At the end of their exile at the court of Virata, he disguised himself as vallava and acted as a palace cook.

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Marriage alliances

He lived for a time in hiding with his brothers during their first exile. In this period, he came across Hidimba (alias Smritika) and Hidimbi (alias Pallavi), a rakshasha brother and sister. Because of the enmity of the rakshasha to the people of the Kuru kingdom, Hidimba asked Hidimbi to lure Bhima to a trap. However, Bhima and Hidimbi were attracted to each other. Bhima fought and killed Hidimba, and lived for a year in the forest with Hidimbi, by whom he had a son, Ghatotkacha.

With his brothers, he was married to Draupadi, who give birth to a son by him by the name Sutasoma. The child that Draupadi bore to Bhimasena was born after Bhima had performed a thousand Soma sacrifices, he came to be called Sutasoma. Bhima also obtaining for a wife Valandhara, the daughter of the king of Kasi, offered his own prowess as dower and begat upon her a son named Sarvaga. Chedi king Sisupala's sister also was wedded to Bhima.

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