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The Pandavas and the Kauravas spent their childhood
fun and frolic in Hastinapura. Bhima, one of Pandu’s
was the strongest of the lot. He often used to tease
bully Duryodhana and the other Kauravas. Their bodies
perennially nurse some injury or the other inflicted by
Bhima. From their childhood, therefore, the Kauravas
developed a strong dislike for Bhima.
Sage Kripacharya trained all the children in the
martial arts. Duryodhana’s hatred for Bhima made his
perverse. He resented the fact that Yudhishthira, the
eldest Pandava, was the heir apparent. He started
up hideous means of ascending the throne of
For this, he thought that he must get rid of his
Duryodhana and his brothers schemed to drown Bhima in
Ganges, where the brothers had gone for a swim. First,
poisoned him to unconsciousness, and later bound his
with creepers and dumped him in the river. Bhima was
by snakes that infested those parts of the Ganges.
venom of the snakes neutralised the poison in Bhima’s
and before long the body was washed ashore.
Duryodhana and party, content in their belief that
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
and strolled back home. Kunti and the Pandavas welcomed
with joy. The interaction of poisons had made Bhima
Kunti, convinced of Duryodhana’s evil designs, confided
Vidura her apprehensions. Vidura acknowledged that her
worries were justified but consoled her that her sons
destined to live long. Yudhishthira advised Bhima to
careful. But Duryodhana was deeply disappointed. His
and jealousy spiralled.