Bhīma

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By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Bhima, BhIma, Bhima


  1. terrible; fearsome; awesome; formidable; tremendous
  2. the second of the five Pāndava brothers who was born of Kuntī and Vāyu, and is famous for his great physique and stature; brute strength and stamina, prowess with the mace and in wrestling; fearsomeness in battle; ferocious temper and massive appetite, and for performing difficult and dangerous tasks and adventures; the arch rival of Kaurava King Duryodhana, and who was responsible for killing all the 100 Kaurava brothers in the Bharata war including Duryodhana and Duhśāsana. He was the husband of Hiŕimbā, Draupadi, Balandharā and Kālī, and the father of Ghaţotkaca, Sūtasoma, Sarvagata and Sarvaga, and the disciple of Balarāma (M. Bh.); the son of Parikşit and Suyaśā, and the brother of Janamejaya, the husband of Kumārī and father of Pratiśravas (M. Bh.); a gandharva son of Kaśyapa (M. Bh.); a king of the Yadava dynasty who was the son of Sattvata and the father of Andhaka (Bhāg. Pur.); one of the 11 Rudras, (Śiva. Pur.); a son of Kumbhakarņa (V. Rām.); a dānava (V. Rām.); one of the 8 forms of Śiva (Ś. Pur.); another name for Śiva. (fem: bhīmā) a form of Durgā.