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Shvoong Home>Books>10. Bhima: Mahabharata Review

10. Bhima: Mahabharata

Book Review   by:babushona     Original Author: C. Rajagopachari
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Write your abstract here. The Pandavas and the Kauravas spent their childhood amidst fun and frolic in Hastinapura. Bhima, one of Pandu’s sons, was the strongest of the lot. He often used to tease and bully Duryodhana and the other Kauravas. Their bodies would perennially nurse some injury or the other inflicted by Bhima. From their childhood, therefore, the Kauravas had developed a strong dislike for Bhima. Sage Kripacharya trained all the children in the various martial arts. Duryodhana’s hatred for Bhima made his mind perverse. He resented the fact that Yudhishthira, the eldest Pandava, was the heir apparent. He started thinking up hideous means of ascending the throne of Hastinapura. For this, he thought that he must get rid of his archrival Bhima. Duryodhana and his brothers schemed to drown Bhima in the Ganges, where the brothers had gone for a swim. First, they poisoned him to unconsciousness, and later bound his body with creepers and dumped him in the river. Bhima was bitten by snakes that infested those parts of the Ganges.
The venom of the snakes neutralised the poison in Bhima’s body and before long the body was washed ashore. Duryodhana and party, content in their belief that Bhima had died, returned home merrily. But Yudhishthira was worried about their brother’s absence. The Pandavas searched the forests, but in vain. In time, Bhima woke up and strolled back home. Kunti and the Pandavas welcomed him with joy. The interaction of poisons had made Bhima even stronger. Kunti, convinced of Duryodhana’s evil designs, confided in Vidura her apprehensions. Vidura acknowledged that her worries were justified but consoled her that her sons were destined to live long. Yudhishthira advised Bhima to remain careful. But Duryodhana was deeply disappointed. His hatred and jealousy spiralled.
Published: May 21, 2006   
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