In the Mahabharata, Hidimba (male) was a strong powerful person, the brother of Hidimba (female) and a forest dweller. He and his sister, Hidimba (female) were tempted at the sight of the Pandavas and wished to fight them. For this purpose Hidimba (female) changed herself into a beautiful woman and brought him near Hidimba (male). However, he came into conflict with Bhima and died in the conflict. As the brother of Hidimba (female) he was also the uncle of Ghatotkacha. He was reputed to be 8 cubits tall.