In the Mahābhārata, Bhimawas the second of the Pandava brothers. He was the son of Kunti by Vayu, but like the other brothers, he was acknowledged son by Pandu. He was distinguished from his brothers by his great stature and strength.
His legendary prowess is celebrated in the epic: "Of all the wielders of the mace, there is none equal to Bhima; and there is none also who is so skillful a rider of elephants. In fight, they say, he yields not to even Arjuna; and as to might of arms, he is equal to ten thousand elephants. Well-trained and active, he who hath again been rendered bitterly hostile, would in anger consume the Dhartarashtras in no time.