Bheema and Hanuman - All Issues
Bheema was the strongman of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata. So was Hanuman the ape in the Ramayana. For both, the poets held that their powers were the gift of the wind-god, their parent. The two face each other in this story from the Mahabharata. During the Pandavas' exile in the forest, their wife Draupadi expresses her wish to have a particular flower. Bheema sets out for the mountain on which the flower blossoms. On the way, he demonstrates his strength against an elephant. He is, however, unable to lift the tail of Hanuman who is lying on the way. An interesting encounter follows and in the end Bheema achieves his purpose. Both are known for their extraordinary strength and valour. Both are the sons of Vayu, the wind God. Hanuman lived in the Tretayug serving Sri rama while Bheema, a contemporary of Krishna, lived in the Dwaparyug. The Mahabharata narrates the story of an encounter between the two mighty brothers.