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Mb049. Bhima And Hanuman


Pandavas felt Arjuna's absence,
They realized, it made no sense
In the same forest to remain,
And count the days with pain.

They kept on moving
Many holy places visiting,
About Arjuna worrying,
Their future not knowing.

One day, a breeze that blew
Carried a flower that flew.
Its fragrance charmed everyone,
Draupadi in particular then.

Bhima went in search,
Its plant one to fetch.
On the way he met,
A monkey old in rest.

"Please clear the path.
Don't kindle my wrath."
To this Bhima's order,
The monkey didn't bother.

"I'm tired and am in rest,
You can move my tail just
And go ahead on your way, "
Told the monkey this way.

Several attempts Bhima made,
To lift and move the tail aside.
But every time he tried,
His effort miserably failed.

He wondered who it could be.
Was it Hanuman thought he?
"Are you Hanuman the great? "
He asked accepting his defeat.

Hanuman laughed and said,
"Oh Bhima, I'm not tired,
But to test you I'm here.
Your brother I'm, have no fear."

"You'll fight and gain victory,
And get back your lost territory.
I'll be on the flag, in support,
Of the Arjuna's chariot."

Hanuman showed the plant,
Which gave flowers fragrant.
Bhima took them in plenty
To make Draupadi happy.

by Rajaram Ramachandran

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