Bhishma or Bhishma pitamah are the most important characters of Mahabharata. He was son of King Shantanu and Ganga. The original name of Bhishma was Devavratha, the one who accepts all penances. He received name of Bhishma because of his Bhishmana Pratigya, the vow of lifelong Bhramacharya and the service of whoever sat on his father’s throne.
The reason behind this vow of Devavratha was his brother Shantanu. Devavratha joined his father’s court and will easily be selected as heir of his father. But
When Devavratha knew the matter, he decided to refuse the throne and make it available for Satyavati and Shantanu’s child. He took
After all of
Amba then visited to the teacher of Bhishma Parshurama, who ordered him to marry Amba. But after refusal of Bhishma Parshurama called him for battle. But in battleground Bhishma got down from his chariot and prayed Parshurama to save his Dharma. They fought for 22 days in battleground with no result. And on 23rd day, Bhishma attempted to use the Praswapastra against Parashurama. Before Bhishma can release it, there was a voice in sky which said that if he releases it he would insult his guru (teacher). As a result Parashurama ended the conflict and the battle was declared a draw by Gods.
Time passed and King Vichitravirya became father of two sons named as Dhritrashtra and Pandu. This time again Bhishma took responsibility to get them married. Dhritrashtra was blind by birth, but he was owner of great art of fighting and senses. Dhritrashtra got married with Gandhari who was daughter of king of Gandhar. She was forced to get married to Dhritrashtra against her will by Bhishma. Pandu got married to Kunti.
Being elder son Dhritrashtra became king of Hastinapura and later on father of One hundered sons named as Kaurav. Pandu also became father of five sons named as Pandavas. Now the responsibility of Bhishma was to choose the new heir of the throne of Hastinapur.
And after all the politics and orders of king Duryodhna (elder son of king) choosed to became next king. One day Kaurav invited Pandvas to play a game with them named as chausat (Ancient chess). Yudhishthira (Elder son of Pandu) and Duryodhna played the game. During game Yudhushthira lost everything and put her wife Draupadi on bet, as a result he lost her. Duryodhana decided to make draupadi’s Cheer Harna (Take off clothes) in the court. Bhishma could not make this happen and he tried to protest against this but he was ordered by the king to keep calm.
Unwillingly Bhishma had to saw the thing silently, this insult of
When the battle of Mahabharata was going to start Bhishma took another vow that he would not fight with
But Arjuna never wanted to hurt his Pitamah, so he stopped Lord Krishna. Arjuna convinced Krishna to return to the chariot and put down the wheel, promising to fight with all his might and stop Bhishma. Later Lord Krishna and Arjuna made a plan to bring Bhishma down. They took help of Shikhandini ( daughter of King Drupad), everyone knows that Bhishma will never
Thus, as was preordained (Mahadeva’s boon to Amba that she would be the cause of Bhishma‘s death) Shikhandi, that is, Amba reincarnated was the cause of Bhishma‘s fall. As Bhishma fall down, Arjuna’s arrow
On his deathbed Bhishma was worried about the kingdom of Hastinapur, so he gave Yudhishthira deep and very informative lessons on statesmanship and duties of king. Which means he was seeing Yudhishthira as the next king king of Hatinapur and Pandavas as the winner of the Battle of Mahabharata.
Because of his boon of Iccha Mrityu, he did wait for about 58 nights for the winter solstice or first day of Uttarayana to give up his body on the arrow bed. Battle of Mahabharata states that he attained salvation after his death.
Magha (month) Shukla Ashtami marks the death anniversary of Bhishma Pitamah(Father), the day being known as Bhishma Ashtami. Historians said that If B
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