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HIDIMBA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A powerful Asura, who had yellow eyes and a horrible aspect. He was a cannibal, and dwelt in the forest to which the Pandavas retired after the burning of their house.

He had a sister named Hidimba, whom he sent to lure the Pandavas to him; but on meeting with Bhima, she fell in love with him, and offered to carry him away to safety on her back. Bhima refused, and while they were parleying, Hidimba came up, and a terrible fight ensued, in which Bhima killed the monster. Hidimba was at first much terrified and fled, but she returned and claimed Bhima for her husband. By his mother's desire Bhima married her, and by her had a son named Ghatotkacha.

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