~ 96. Bhima Searches for Lotuses ~


A golden lotus blown by the wind landed at Draupadi's feet. "How lovely!" she said.
"I'll bring you more," Bhima said eagerly, racing off to gather more lotuses.
He soon found his path blocked by a monkey's tail.
"Move your tail!" Bhima shouted at the sleeping monkey.
The monkey didn't move.
"I said: MOVE YOUR TAIL." 
"I'm old," the monkey replied. "You move it."
But Bhima couldn't move the tail: it was too heavy!
Then the monkey rose up tall as a mountain.
"Lord Hanuman!" Bhima exclaimed, happily saluting his brother, for they were both sons of the wind-god, Vayu.


Inspired by: Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharataby Devdutt Pattanaik.
Notes: This story is on p. 180. Bhima goes on to find the golden lotuses for Draupadi, although he must fight some gandharvas to get them.

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