Hanuman in the forest. (Hanuman, the monkey-man of godlike nature, and Bhima were step-brothers, both being sons of Vayu, the god of the wind. After the coronation of Rama and Sita, Hanuman retired to the seclusion of a reserved forest to spend his days in meditation on his lord, Rama, the gods having conferred immortality on him.)
Hanuman is disturbed by the violence of Bhima’s approach, and wonders what the cause can be. By his second sight he knows that all the ado is being created by his step-brother, Bhima. He wants to be helpful, but before revealing who he is, Bhima must be humbled. So Hanuman transforms himself into an aged and decrepit old monkey and lies in Bhima’s path.
Bhima is annoyed and irritated to find a creature obstructing his path. He cannot climb over the monkey because he knows that he has a half-brother who is a high-born monkey, so he tells it to get out of his way. But the monkey retorts, “I am so infirm that I cannot move my limbs, but if you wish you may move my tail to one side with your club and pass on. “Impatient to proceed, Bhima tries to move the monkey’s tail, but he finds that his club is firmly fixed in the powerful grip of the tail. All his efforts to extricate it prove futile. He has never known defeat before, and feels sure that the monkey-shaped beings before him must be God: he therefore penitently asks him to reveal himself. The decrepit old monkey leaps to life and says, “I am Hanuman, your brother”. Bhima apologises for his arrogance and asks Hanuman to show him the divine form that he assumed when he made his great leap to Lanka in search of Sita. Hanuman complies with this request and then tells Bhima how to find Kubera’s garden and obtain the flowers he is looking for. He returns Bhima’s club to him with his blessings.