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Hidimbi is a Rakshasi, in the Mahabharata. She met Bhima when he was travelling in the forest. Her brothe, Hidimb, had sent her to bring him manflesh, but when she saw the handsome prince sitting in the glade she fell in love with him and could not bring herself to kill him. She transformed into a tall, dark-skinned and immensely beautiful woman and approached him. When Hidimb came to kill Bhima himself, he tried to attack Hidimbi but she was protected by Bhima, who slew Hidimb. Bhima then asked her to marry him. She lived in the forest with the Pandavas and eventually bore Bhima a son, Ghatotkacha. When the Pandavas left the forest, Bhima had to leave her as they were on a war campaign. It was years before they met again. A rakshasa (Sanskrit: रक्षस, rakṣasa; alternately, raksasa or rakshas) is a demon or unrighteous spirit in Hinduism. ... The Mahabharata (Devanagari: महाभारत, phonetically Mahābhārata - see note), sometimes just called Bharata, is one of the two major ancient Sanskrit epics of India, the other being the Ramayana. ... A mortif depicting Bheema in the battle ready posture. ... In the Mahabharata, Ghatotkacha is the son of Bhima and Hidimbi. ...

It is suggested by the similarity of their names that Hidimb and Hidimbi were twins. In manali you can find the temple of Hidimbi,

Hinduism | Hindu mythology | Itihasa
Male Deities: Brahma | Vishnu | Shiva | Rama | Krishna | Ganesha | Indra | Lakshman | Hanuman | Surya | more...
Female Deities: Gayatri | Lakshmi | Saraswati | Durga | Devi | Sita | Radha | Kali | Parvati | Shakti | more...
Texts: Vedas | Upanishads | Puranas | Ramayana | Mahabharata

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Hidimbi is considered to be an incarnation of the goddess Kali.
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