Proud of his immense strength, Bhima thought to pull the monkey out of the
way by its tail. But, to his amazement he could not move it in the least, though he
exerted all his strength.
He set his jaws and strained every muscle till the very sinews cracked
and he was covered with perspiration, but, still, could not move that tail the least, a
little bit up or down or side-ways. in shame, he bent down his head, and then asked in a
"Who are you? Forgive me and reveal to me whether you are a
Siddha, god or gandharva." Bhima like most strong men, was all respect when he saw
one stronger than himself, and spoke like a pupil addressing his master.
Hanuman replied: "O mighty-armed Pandava, know that I am your
brother, even that Hanuman, the son of the Wind god, whom you mentioned a little while
If you go on this path, which is the road to the spirit-world where the
Yakshas and the rakshasas abide, you will meet with danger and that is why I stop you. No
man can go beyond this and live. But here is the stream with its depths where you can find
the Saugandhika plant you came to seek."