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After killing Bakasura, they continued their voyage. On their way, kunti and the Pandavas decided to rest in a clearing in the woods. There they were attacked by a Demon called Hidimba, brother of Bakasura, who recognized Bhima as the killer of his brother.

Bhima all alone, without disturbing his brothers and mother who are sleeping, challenged the demon Hidimba. The consequent fight was very terrible. Both of them fought like a bull, digging huge trees and using them as their weapons. After a violent fight, Bhima managed to overpower and kill Hidimba. At that time, Hidimba’s sister, Hidimbi was hidden in the bushes and seeing the fight. Hidimbi, who was actually tired of his brother’s evil activities, fell in love with Bhima’s strength and power. She then transformed into a beautiful lady and decided to marry Bhima. Using her magical powers, she took kunti and pandavas along with Bhima to a wonderful place and provided them with food, clothing and shelter. Hidimbi then told Kunti, about her desire to marry Bhima. Kunti, who was impressed with her hospitality, accepted Hidimbi as her daughter-in-law. Bhima agreed to marry her upon one condition, that he would leave her after they had one son. Hidimbi agreed the condition and they were married.

In due course, Hidimbi gave birth to Bhima’s son, Ghatotkacha. Kunti watched Bhima enjoying the company of his wife and Ghatotkacha. Kunti then remembered Bhima about the condition. She then told Bhima to leave Hidimbi and Ghatotkacha, since their destiny lies elsewhere and not with rakshasas.  Bhima nodded his head even though he was no willing to leave them.  Ghatotkacha stayed with his mother and also promised his father to appear before him as soon as he remembered him. Bhima then started following his mother and brothers out of the Demon settlement.
Kunti and her five sons wandered in the forest disguised in the form of poor Brahmans. They even don’t know where their life is heading. They are now homeless, rootless and wandering in the forest like the children of the gods. The Pandavas often found their mother weeping. They doubted how to make their mother happy. On the way when all of them become tired, Bhima carry his entire family on his arms, shoulders and hips. Pandavas took shelter in villages for night. They never stay in a particular shelter for long time as they do not want to attract any unnecessary attention, since they feared that kauravas would discover them. They seek alms from houses of villages. The food collected during daytime would be shared in evening by all. Kunti used to give half the portion to food to Bhima because he was very stout. The other half was equally divided among the five.

During their wandering, they arrive at a village called Ekachakra. Kunti and her sons got a shelter offered by a young Brahman couple. That night Pandavas heard a wail from Brahman’s wife. When kunti inquired the reason for wail, she said that, there is an asura called Bakasura in the village. He used to kill many people and destroy the fields. So the villagers decided to give food to asura all the days from each house. But the asura is not only ate the food, he also eat the man who takes the food to him. Today is the Brahman couple’s turn and the couple has only one son. That son wants to feed the food for asura and it was the reason for their wail. But Kunti consoled her. She then told her that she had five sons and she is ready to sacrifice one son, since the couple had offered them the shelter. The couples become touched on kunti’s words. Kunti then ordered Bhima to take the food to Bakasura. Bhima became happier, when his mother selected him to approach Bakasura.

Bhima then took the food near to the cave where Bakasura was living. He then started eating the food. When Bakasura heard the sound of slurping and burping of eating food, he became furious. He came outside the cave and saw Bhima eating food. The furious Bakasura then told to Bhima that he is going to eat him, so he doesn’t care of eating his food. Bakasura then attacked Bhima, but Bhima caught his neck with one hand and continued eating with the other hand. After finishing the food, Bhima smiled with happiness and attacked Bakasura. The two fought like wild bulls. The earth shook and the trees started to shook, when both blows on each other. After an extended fight, Bhima managed to kill Bakasura by breaking his neck.

Bhima then secretly dragged the dead body of Bakasura at night to the entrance of the village and left it there for the people to witness. Next morning, the villagers were surprised to see the dead body of Bakasura. They celebrated the Bakasura’s death.
With the maximum trouble, the Pandavas passed through the tunnel and entered the dense forest. The physically powerful Bhima guarded the pandavas by carring his mother on his shoulders and took Nakula and Sahadeva on his hips. He also holds both Yudhishthira and Arjuna with his hands.  They thus reached the banks of Ganga, where there was a boat ready for them to cross the river in the darkness. The boat along with boatman was arranged by Vidura for the escape of the Pandavas. They finally crossed the river and entered a dark forest full of silence covered with trees. They continued their voyage in the forest. The silence in the forest was then broken by the terrible noises of wild animals.

Kuntidevi who was tired now was sat down and rested there. She then falls asleep. Her sons accompanied kunti and rested there. But Bhima forced his way in the twisted forest in search of water in the darkness.  Bhima found a pool in the forest. He washed his upper clothes, then made cups from lotus leaves and carried water to his mother and brothers who were perishing with thirst. Kunti and her sons again fall asleep after recovered from thirst. They mercifully forget all the miseries done by Kauravas towards them except Bhima who alone sat and thinking why and how the wicked kauravas can injure them in these ways.  Bhima who was a sinless himself can’t understand the sins of others.

Next day, the Pandavas continued their voyage suffering many miseries and overcoming many dangers. They ate the fruits and vegetables in the forest and rested on their way. They were ever alert and still confident that justice would save them from this agony. On the way, they met Bhagavan Vyasa. Vyasa after hearing their miseries, advised him to tolerate. He then gave them a wise counsel. The kind words of Vyasa consoled them from their sorrows. Vyasa added that no people in the world can live in virtue at all times; everyone should have done both good and evil. So people should have the mind to bear the consequence of both good and evil. Also we don’t give any way to sorrow.