Hadimba, a Rakshashi in the Mahabharat has
been deified and is worshipped in this area.According to Mahabharat Hadimb Rakshash ruled
some of the sub- mountainous tracts of the Himalayas. His sister was Hadimba or Hidimba.
In their wanderings the Pandavas, along with their mother, after escape from the
wax house unhurt came to the territory of Hadimb Rakshash. Bhima fell in love with
Hadimba, the sister of the ruler. Bhima could marry her only after killing the brother.
The pair-lived in the valley for about a
year after which Bhima joined his brothers and mother. Hadimba gave birth to a son who was
named Ghototkachh. Till Ghototkachh was a minor, Hadimba looked after her country. She
retired to the inner hills, for meditation, when her son Ghototkachh, a great warrior took
over the country. Ghototkachh was a good administrator.
Author - P.C. Roy Choudhoury