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  • Name , Hidimbā 
    Nickname Hidimbi 
    Gender Female 
    Person ID I139  Hindu Puran Genealogy Tree | Somavanshi
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2012 

    Father Hidimbā Father 
    Family ID F345  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bhima 
    +1. Ghatotkacha,   d. Kurukshetra, Ancient Cities, India Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2011 
    Family ID F63  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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      WIKI.Hidimbi, Wiki, (Wikipedia), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidimbi.

      Bheema and Hidimbi, painting by Raja Ravi Varma.
      Affiliation Rakshasa, Devi
      Abode Kamyaka Forest
      Texts Mahabharata
      Personal information
      Siblings Hidimba
      Consort Bhima
      Children Ghatotkacha

      Hiḍimbī (Sanskrit: हिडिम्बी, IAST: Hiḍimbī), or Hiḍimbā, is the wife of the Pandava Bhima and mother of great warrior Veer Ghatotkacha in the Mahābhārata. She meets Bhima in the 9th sub-parva (Hidimva-vadha Parva) of the Adi Parva. She is also referred to as Bhuṭanadevī or Pallavī.

      Hiḍimb and Bhīma

      The story begins in the Lākṣāgṛha of the Mahābhārata after the Pāṇḍavās reached a dense forest. Exhausted from their travels, they all fell asleep at night, except for Bhīma who kept watch.

      In the same forest lived Hiḍimbi and her brother Hiḍimbā, a very powerful rakshasa. He smelled the Pāṇḍavās at a distance and as usual asked the Hiḍimbī to lure the well-built Bhīma into a trap so he could eat him. Hiḍimbī confronted Bhīma and instead fell in love with him. She assumed the form of a very beautiful lady and approached Bhīma, expressing her desire to marry him by revealing her true identity, as well as her brother's intentions. Bhīma confronted Hiḍimbā and soon overpowered the Rakshasa and slew him. Kuntī and other Pāṇḍavās all watched the duel from a distance.[1]


      After killing Hiḍimba, Bhīma married Hiḍimbī. Bhīma decided to live with her till a child was born. Hiḍimbī agreed and they married. Within a year, Hiḍimbī gave birth to a son. They named him Ghaṭotkaca as his head resembled a pot. Ghaṭotkaca went on to become a great warrior and an important figure in the Mahābhārata war.[2]



      There is a temple in Manali in Himachal Pradesh dedicated to the worship of Hidimbi. According to the legend, Hidimbi stayed back in the forest to perform penance and attain the status of a Goddess.[3]


      Bhutandevi Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Bhutandevi, located in Hetauda in Bagmati Province. The name of the city—Hetauda itself is believed to be derived from the name of the goddess.[4]

      See also


      1. "Marriage of Bhima and Hidimba – the Mahabharata". 22 January 2014.
      2. "Mahabharata's Bhima was married to a rakshasi – do you know who she is". 5 May 2016.
      3. "All you need to know about Hidimbi, the demoness wife of Bhima".
      4. "नेपालको मौलिक पर्व हो छठ". Tukhabar (in Nepali). Retrieved 14 March 2022.
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