In the Mahābhārata, Hidimba was a strong powerful person, the brother of Hidimbaa and a forest dweller. He and his sister, Hidimbi were tempted at the sight of the Pandavas and wished to fight them. For this purpose, Hidimbi changed herself into a beautiful woman and brought him near Hidimba. However, he came into conflict with Bhima and died in the conflict. As the brother of Hidimbi, he was also the uncle of Ghatotkacha. He was reputed to be 8 cubits tall. Tradition states that Hidimba belonged to the great Bamun family of Nalbari Kamrup of which the Dimasa people are descendants.
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