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Bhishma astami is celebrated on Magha Shukla Astami as the day he departed. However Mahabharata says:

O Yudhishthira, the lunar month of Magha has come. This is, again, the lighted fortnight and a fourth part of it ought by this (according to my calculations) be over.

māgho 'yaṃ samanuprāpto māsaḥ puṇyo yudhiṣṭhira tribhāgaśeṣaḥ pakṣo 'yaṃ śuklo bhavitum arhati

Why it's Astami when it's said a fourth part of the Paksha which comes to 3-4 days?

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There are two types of lunar calendars:

  • Purnimanta (month ends on purnima/full-moon day)
  • Amanta (month ends on amavasya/no-moon day)

Next Bhishma Ashtami falls on 8th February 2022. If we check calendar for that day in both the calendars then we find these things:


"Why it's Astami when it's said a fourth part of the Paksha which comes to 3-4 days?"

You are interpreting it in wrong way, it's fourth part of the month which comes to 7-8 days and not the fourth part of the paksha which comes to 3-4 days. As per Amanta lunar calendar, fourth part of the month gets over on Shukla Paksha Ashtami. The alternate Gitapress translation :

Gitapress translation

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    Very good explanation! 👍👍
    – Surya
    Dec 5, 2021 at 17:44

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