Biographies | Men
1. Bheem's Childhood, and Young Bheem Before Exile
Bheem was the second son of Kuntee and Paandu from Pavan Dev or Vaayu Dev. Thus he was younger brother of Hanumaan. He has one brother more - Madhwaachaarya. The reason he is referred to as Madhwaa is that he is universally recognized, even by his opponents, as the third Avataar of Mukhya Praan, also known as Vaayu, as referred to in the Balittha Sookt of the Rig Ved. Bheem was very powerful and mighty. When he was born, he fell down from Kuntee's hands on a rock beneath her. Kuntee got scared as he might have got hurt, but she was surprised to see that the child was playing and the rock was cracked under him. His another name was Vrikodar.
In fact Kuntee was a Naag girl, and one of them was her Naanaa, so upon his recommendation Naag Raaj gave him some potion to drink which gave him a 10,000 elephants strength. So instead of dying he came back with much more strength. Duryodhan got very surprised to see this and got very sorry and angry seeing his plan failed.
So he built a special house there for them which was made of all kinds inflammable things. A trustworthy man was supposed to light fire in it on a certain night. But Vidur Jee knew about this plan before so he warned Paandav, and helped them to come out through a tunnel. So they themselves set out the fire a night before the fixed night and escaped. Fortunately or unfortunately a family of five sons and their mother stayed there for that night, so that family got burned. Everybody in Hastinaapur thought that Paandav got burnt along with Kuntee in that fire. Duryodhan was extremely happy; Bheshm was extremely sad for them; Dhritraashtra was just showing sorry face to others, otherwise in his heart he was happy too; Vidur Jee was indifferent. Later when he gave a second thought on the events, he got surprised that how come that the fire was set one night before, but he couldn't think of any reason, since there was no news of Paandav. Besides he was so happy with his plan that he soon forgot to think about it.
Bheem was so mighty that when Paandav were hiding in Van and Kuntee used to get tired walking, he used to carry them all on his shoulders.
Bheem's Marriages to Hidimbaa, Draupadee, and Balandharaa
Marriage to Hidimbaa
Still Hidimb fought with him, but Bheem killed him. By then other Paandav and Kuntee also woke up and surprised to see a Raakshas killed and lying there. Hidimbaa requested Kuntee to accept her for Bheem. Kuntee accepted her on Bheem's and Yudhishthir's consent. Bheem lived there until he had a son - one year. His son's name was Ghatotkach. He also fought very bravely in Mahaabhaarat war like Abhimanyu and was killed there.
Marriage to Draupadee
Marriage to Balandharaa
MBH, G-7-Postwar/28 says that when Paandav and other people went to see Dhritraashtra, Gaandharee and Kuntee in forest, Bheem's another wife Jarasandhaa, Jaraasandh's sister was also with them.
Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/13 mentions his one more wife's name - Kaalee from whom he had a son named Sarvagat
Thus Bheem had 4 sons from his 5 wives - Ghatotkach from Hidimbaa, Shrutkarmaa from Draupadee, Jaraasandhaa (no child name is mentioned anywhre), Sarvaang from Balandharaa and Sarvagat from Kaalee..
Bheem Kills Bakaasur
Then only Braahman told her that there lived a Raakshas named Bakaasur who used to eat as many people as he liked. Then the village people settled with him that they would send a cart-load food with somebody every week and he would not come to village any more. So we decided that we will choose one family by lottery and that family will send one person to that Raakshas. Tomorrow is my family's turn, so we are quarreling that who will go tomorrow with the cart. I say that I will go because I am the head of the family so it is my duty to protect them all and go there; my wife says that "I share your luck so I will go with the cart. You are the head of the family, if you will go who will take care of the family?" My daughter says "I will go" and my this little son says "I should share my father's responsibility, so I will go."
Kuntee said - "This is not a problem at all. You were quarreling without any reason. I am part of your family and I also have the right to share your problems. I have five sons. Tomorrow my one son will take the food cart to that Raakshas. So neither of you need to worry at all and sleep comfortably." That Braahman agreed after some hesitation.
Next day Kuntee sent Bheem with the cart. Bheem finished all food on the way and arrived there late. Raakshas was very angry. Seeing Bheem coming so late he growled "Why are you so late? I am very hungry. Bring my food." Bheem said, "I have come here, that is enough for you. And I am late because on the way I also felt hungry so I ate all food which I brought with me." When Raakshas didn't see his food, he ran to eat Bheem. Both fought fiercely and in the end Bheem killed that Raakshas.
When it was getting late, village people thought that there is something wrong. They got scared. But then somebody informed them that he saw the dead Raakshas lying, so don't worry, he is dead. Everybody got very happy to hear this and came to that Braahman's house to honor him, but he said that it was not he, but a Braahman boy did it. Then they said - "Call him, where is he? We want to thank him." The Braahman went inside to call him but found nobody there as all had left the house.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 04/19/13