Pandavas reached the northern banks of the river Ganges. They crossed the river and reached the opposite bank and traveled South into a dense forest. Their primary fear was that, Duryodhana‘s spies or soldiers could kill them.
Bhima was scouting for fresh water brooks nearby. He found one and tried in vain to carry some water, in his clothes. A giggle from the trees. It was a nishada (tribal) woman who had been watching Bhima‘s attempt to carry water in his clothes. She showed him how to carry water in a makeshift […]
The rest of the family is a bit worried about this union. First of all Nishadas ( forest people) and are social outcasts. Secondly nobody knows what the practices and customs of Nishadas are. May be they could be even cannibalistic( rakshasas ), who are active at night. But reluctantly they give their blessings to […]
Soon, Bhima fathers a baby boy. The baby had all the features of a nishada, squinty eyes, sharp teeth, and a shiny body. “He is as shiny as a pot.” Bhima tells Hidimbi. Thus the baby was christened ‘Ghatotkacha‘ which meant as shiny as a pot.
While in the forest, once the Pandavas met a snataka brahmin youth, returning home, after finshing his studies in the gurukula. The youth told them of his agrahara, ( a brahmin ghetto ) in Ekachakra a small township, which was a small distance away from where they stayed in the forest. Desirous of living in […]
Pandavas lived for a while at Ekachakra, disguised as Brahmins. Everyday they used to go out begging for alms, through the streets that smelled of donkey dung, where raucous children from the agrahara (Brahmin ghetto) , played the vernacular village sports. After coming home, they split their alms into two portions. One portion was given […]
The village of Ekachakra, belonged to the part of the kingdom, ruled by Vetrakeeya. The feeble king had entrusted the protection of his subjects in Ekachakra with a powerful baron named Baka. Baka belonged to a cannibalistic tribe, and demanded periodic human sacrifices as a reward for protecting the people of Ekachakra. The unfortunate victim […]
One night Kunti found her host Brahmin family, in an unhappy situation. It was the turn of that family to send somebody to Baka, the cannibalistic landlord of Ekachakra, for sacrifice, The Brahmin, his wife and his daughter each volunteered to go. Their toddler son seeing his parents cry, took up a straw from the […]