Shyam Katha :
It is the story of medieval Mahabharata.
Many of the devotees must be knowing that the eldest among
the five Pandava brothers was Yudhishthir, also known as
Dharamaraj, and oldest Kaurava sibling was Duryodhan, who
was the mirror image of unrighteousness and untruth. A cold
war had always been raging between the Pandavas and the
Kauravas right from their childhood to their youth. Yudhishthir
couldn't leave the path of righteousness whereas Duryodhan
wouldn't leave the path of sin.
at every step, swindled the Pandavas and the limit of cheating
was crossed when the Pandavas were compelled to stay in
the lakshagraha or the house made of lakh. It was because
of blessing of the Lord that the five Pandavas came out
safely from lakshagraha along with their mother Kunti. Knowing
Duryodhan to be their prime enemy, they did not return to
Hastinapur. They started living in the forest. During the
same period when, on one night, in a dense forest, mother
Kunti, Yudhishthir, Arjun, Nakul and Sahdev were in deep
sleep, the club bearer Bhim, symbol of strength, 'son of
the wind' was guarding them alertly.
the same forest, there lived a demon called Hidimb along
with his younger sister Hidimba. He could smell the presence
of some human being from a distance and he told Hidimba
that today is a very happy day, as he smelled the presence
of some human being in the forest. You go, hunt him, and
bring the killed person to me and then both of us will eat
human flesh happily.
As the God would
have it, when Hidimba reached there, she lost her heart to Bhim,
who was in the guise of an alert guard. Now she had only one wish
which gained strength with the passage of time. She thought, "Why
should not I accept this lion in human form as my husband. There
could not be better blessing for me than this." Since it was
getting late, Hidimb himself reached the place. First, he scolded
his sister because of seeing Bhim; she had forgotten her demonical
nature and had adorned an attractive form. From this, Hidimb could
realise that his younger sister had developed a soft feeling in
her heart for Bhim. There was no limit to Hidimb's anger and he
told his sister that he would kill immediately all the Pandavas
and also teach her a good lesson. But the righteous Bhim said that
this woman has come to my refuge and I won't even allow you to harm
her. Hidimb was intoxicated with his pride and so began a fierce
battle between Bhim and Hidimb. They used trees and boulders as
weapons as they grappled one another. The Pandavas were aware and
they believed that Bhim would defeat the demon and so it happened.
When Hidimb was killed, Hidimba went to Mother Kunti with bowed
head, folded hands, and humbly said, "Oh Mother, I have accepted
your son Bhim as my husband in the heart of my hearts. You are a
woman, and you know my feelings. Have pity on me and permit me to
marry your son named Bhim."
Yudhishthir and mother Kunti both tried to convince her that they
were passing through bad times and were wandering from jungle to
jungle. In the circumstances, they asked her "what happiness
would you get by marrying Bhim?" But who can prevent God's
will from happening. Hidimba's repeated humble requests melted Kunti's
heart. Bhim and Hidimba got married and the Pandavas and Kunti left
Bhim there on the condition that either on the completion of one
year or when Hidimba would bear a son, then Bhim would leave Hidimba
and return to them. Time passed by quickly.
Hidimba gave birth to a son. At the time of his birth, the baby
did not have any hair on his head and so he was named Ghatotkachch.
Being the son of a demoness, he looked quite tall at time of his
birth itself. Hidimba once again reached the Pandava brothers, took
the blessings of mother Kunti, and went back taking Ghatotkachch
with her. But before leaving, Ghatotkachch bowed to his father and
uncles and they blessed him.The boy promised them that whenever
the Pandavas would require his services, he would definitely come
to them. And same things happened.
some time, the Pandava brothers were called back to Hastinapur By
Bhishm Pitamah and Vidhur and were handed over the kingdom of Indraprastha
to rule. Indraprastha was a lonely, rocky place, and the Pandavas
had to convert it into a beautiful town. Realising his duty as a
son, Ghatotkachch reached to his father. All the Pandava brothers
blessed him. The righteous Yudhishthir said, "Oh Vasudev, Oh
Krishna, Oh Madhava, Bhim's son has already grown up that he must
get married now. Then with his heart-winning smile, Krishna Kanhaiya
said, "yes, oh king of the righteous, the time for the marriage
of Ghatotkachch has indeed come." He then turned to Ghatotkachch
and told, "Son, there is powerful demon named Mur in Manipur.
He has a daughter named Kamkantakata, who is very wise. She subjects
anyone who comes with a marriage proposal to her to some very difficult
questions. You go there with the blessings of all your elders and
with the grace of God; you will answer all her questions, but don't
perform the wedding rituals there. You come here along with her.
Lord Krishna's words can never be false.