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Bhishma (or Bheeshma or Devavrata or Bhishma Pitamah) was the eighth son of Kuru King Shantanu and grand uncle of both the Pandavas and the Kauravas.

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Why did Bhishma fight with Lord Parashurama?

In the Mahabharata, there is a story where Bhishma fought with his guru (teacher) Lord Parashurama. What was the reason behind fighting with his guru? And who won the fight?
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Is invincibility in a battle dharma or adharma?

Background: Many warriors like Bhishma, Indrajit, etc., had boons which made them invincible in a battle. Even Karna had Kavacha and Kundalas which made him invincible (or almost immortal) in any ...
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Was Karna in the Bhishma parva?

Lord Krishna has told Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna on the first day of Bhishma Parva at Kurukshetra (before starting the war). And Karna was not present in Bhishma Parva as Karna had taken an oath not to ...
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What is Ganga Devi's marital status?

Was Ganga Devi married to someone? Is she a wife of Lord Shiva, because he adorns Ganga Devi on his head which could mean that she is Shiva's wife? I've also heard that Bhishma Pitamaha from ...
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The Karmic reason why Grandsire Bhishma had to spend the final days of his life on a Bed of Arrows

Grandsire Bhishma was one of the greatest warriors who fought in the Mahabharata war.He had a boon by which he could not be killed by anybody. And his death had to be as per his own wish. The details ...
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Why is Bhishma's time of Death (Uttarayana) considered auspicious?

In the Mahabharatha epic Bhishma waits on the bed of arrows for 40 days towards the auspicious day of Uttarayana to leave his body in order to attain Mukthi. My questions are the following. What is ...
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In Mahabharata does Krishna advise Arjuna to use Shikhandi as a shield against Bhishma?

Does Krishna advise Arjuna to use Shikhandi as a shield against Bhishma? If yes, in which part of Bhishmaparva? I am reading Kisari Mohan Ganguli´s version of Mahabharata. But I couldn't find the ...
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Why was oath so important for Bhishma Pitamaha?

As we had seen in Mahabharata, Bhishma never broke any of his vows. He was an honorable man in whole country. He knows that Kauravas(Duryodhan) are wrong in his decision regarding giving ...
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Feminist's claim that the Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharata were written by male writers

How do you go about refuting a feminist's (male or female) claim that the Vedas, epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata were authored by male persons, so no wonder some of the principles, ideologies and ...
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Why didn't Bhishma, Drona and Karna attain moksha? Why didn't they live with liberation as life's goal?

Great knowledgeable persons like Bhishma, Drona, Karna and others from Satya, Treta and Dwapara yugas didn't attain moksha; they went only to heaven. Since vedic knowledge and righteousness was ...
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Was Bhishma Dyaus-incarnate or 1/8th of all Vasus?

It is the common knowledge that, it was Prabhas (Dyaus), one of the Vasus, incarnated as Bhishma due to curse. Following passage from the Mahabharata supports it. From this chapter of Sambhava Parva: ...
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Did Bhishma attain Swarga or Vaikuntha?

In the Mahabharata, when Yudhisthira enters Swarga-loka, he finds Bhishma there: "Behold Dhritarashtra, the king of the Gandharvas, possessed of great wisdom. Know that this one was the eldest ...
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Bhisma and the Boon of Ichcha Mrityu

King Shantanu blessed his son Bhishma with Ichcha Mrityu (he could choose the time of his death, making him immortal till his chosen time of death). But , king Shantanu was not a God or an Avatar of ...
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Why Bhishma did not say anything in Draupadi's Cheerharan?

Bhishma Pitamaha was considered a very religious and righteous person in Mahabharata. Then why he did not stop Duryodhana? Instead he kept silent in Draupadi's Cheerharan.
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How did Bhishma Pitamaha know the Vishnu Sahasranama?

How did Bhishma Pitamaha know the Vishnu Sahasranama? Who gave it to him?
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Was there any fight between Bheeshma and Lord Hanuman being mentioned anywhere in Mahabharata?

I recently talked to one of my friends who was telling me the story from Mahabharata(that he has read from an old book) where there was a fight between Lord Hanuman and Bheeshma in the Kurukshetra ...
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Age difference between Bhishma & Abhimanyu

Bhishma had the boon "Ichchha-Mrutyu" (one who can decide when to die). So he saw four generations of his family. I just want to know, what was the age difference between Bhishma & Abhimanyu in ...
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Did Krishna warn Bhishma not to interrupt any actions of Kauravas and Pandavas during the game of dice?

In Peter Brooks play/movie adaptation of Mahabharat the following conversation ensues between Krishna and Bhishma before the game of dice was to commence;[Given here below. Shortened/edited by me, but ...
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Why didn't Arjuna use any divya astras in Kurukshetra war?

In the Mahabharata, Arjuna spent five long years during his exile to go to heaven and acquire all the divya astras. But, why didn't he use any of those major divya astras in the Kurukshetra war? For ...
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For what and why Bhishma took pratigna (oath) in Mahabharata

What was the pratigna (oath) and Why Bhishma took pratigna in Mahabharata? And to whom?
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How could Lord Krishna kill Bhishma even if he wanted to?

There is an incident in Mahabharata when Bhishma was destroying the Pandava army furiously and Arjuna was still not fighting with high spirits. At that time, Krishna became furious with Arjuna and he ...
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Why didn't Bhishma Pitamaha stop Kamsa? [closed]

We know Bhishma Pitamaha was a legendary warrior. He always fought for the right thing and for truth. Then, if Kamsa was doing so much evil, and Bhishma Pitamaha was already there on Earth, why didn'...
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Is bathing at night a good custom (sadhachara)?

Consider the following statement by Bhishma in SECTION CIV of Anusasana Parva of the Mahabharata One should bathe at night, if one desires one's own advancement. As per my knowledge, bathing in ...
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Why did Arjuna shoot so many arrows when Bheeshma had already surrendered due to the presence of Shikhandi?

Arjuna is one of the protagonists of the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata. Why did Arjuna shoot so many arrows when Bheeshma had already surrendered due to the presence of Shikhandi?
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If Bad Karma for Killing a Insect is Very Small then how Bhisma suffered Bed of Arrows for Piercing a Butterfly or a Snake?

EXPLANATION Bhisma laid in Bed Of Arrows due to his Bad karma in his past lives by Piercing a Butterfly. As he pierced the Butterfly In Return he got Pierced by Arrows or a Snake that was put into ...
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How were all the arrows removed from Bhishma’s body, before the last rites (Antima Sanskara) were performed?

Bhishma was one of the greatest warriors (Kshatriyas),who fought in the Mahabharata war, at Kurukshetra. Bhishma took a decision, on the battlefield,on day 10th of the war, that he would fight his ...
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What stanzas in Vyasa Mahabharata convey that Sri Krishna held Bhishma as adharmic or protecting adharma?

In Gita, he already tells Arjuna that bheeshma, drona & karna were already slain by him, so Arjuna shouldnt worry and just kill his enemies. That is a very indirect message. But are there other ...
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Are there details of the fight between Chitrangada and the gandharva with the same name?

I want to know if there are details of the fight between Chitrangada (brother of Bhishma) and the gandharva with the same name.
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Why didn't Bhishma choose to end his own life?

Bhishma was given the boon to die whenever he wished to. After seeing all the atrocities against the Pandavas, why did he not take his own life and spared them the trouble of fighting against him?
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How long did Bhishma live, after He fell asleep in the arrow in Mahabharata?

Bhishma has a boon that When they came to their mind they could have left their life. I know that he did not leave his life immediately after He has many arrows in his body. When did he leave his body?...
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Did the 10th day or 11th day ceremony after the death of a close relative originate due to the Mahābhārata war?

I heard that, after the Mahābhārata war, Yudhiṣṭhira went into depression for having killed so many people. He did not like how the war ended. Then Bhīṣma advised him to conduct a Rājasūya yāga so he ...
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Exact lyrics and meaning of the eulogy to Bhishma in Mahabharata

I am seeing differing versions of a eulogy to Bhishma cited from the Mahabharata literature. One version is: Kshatriya satyawadi cha Tapasvi neeyata vrata Ripushmati dayavanastha ...
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Why Bhishma wrote Vishnu Sahasranama stotram?

I have read Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram. I have found its author which is Bhishma But I haven't found why he wrote Vishnu sahasranama stotram.
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What is the story of Indra going to Nara-Narayana Rishis for aid, as mentioned in Mahabharata?

I know that Bhishma narrates this story to Duryodhana. Please give me the reference from the Mahabharata if you can. It would help.
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In which parva of Mahabharata was Ganga's curse to Amba is mentioned?

I got to know about a tale, of Ganga's curse to Amba to become a river without water or something similar to that because of her attempt to kill Bhishma. What was that exact curse and in which parva ...
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Did Bhishma vow to make Krishna pick up arms?

I have heard stories that Krishna tried to attack Bhishma because Bhishma vowed to make Krishna pick up arms. Is the story about the oath true? (There are questions about Krishna picking up arms. I ...
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Which warrior can be considered the reason for the death of Bhishma?

Bhishma died on the bed of arrows after several days of completion of the MahAbhArata war. Among Arjuna & Shikhandi, who can be considered the "slayer of Bhishma" or the reason of Bhishma getting ...
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According to Mahābhārata, did Bhīṣma ever marry or not?

In a discourse on Mahābhārata today, I heard that, in the entire Mahābhārata, Vyāsa doesn't say one way or the other if Bhīṣma ever married or remained single. The speaker, Sāmavedam Ṣaṇmukha Śarma, ...
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Can one study during morning twilight for acquiring any branch of knowledge

Consider the following statements by Bhishma in Anusasana Parva of Mahabharata: 1) One should wake up from sleep at the hour known as the Brahma Muhurta and then think of both religion and profit....
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Why did Bhishma go to bring Amba, Ambika and Ambalika from Kashi without the invitation of Hastinapura in swayamvar?

Why did not Invitation to Hastinapur for Swayamvar, and why did Bhishma go there without Invitation?
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Is it really King Chitrabhanu of Ikshvaku race that's mentioned in the legend of Maha Shivaratri?

The Wikipedia article for Maha Shivaratri narrates a story of how a hunter accidentally performs abhiseka of a Shiva linga using Bael leaves on the night of Shivaratri and goes to Sivaloka (Kailasa) ...
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Is the notion of Bhishma preferring Arjuna's bed of arrows to pillows brought in by Duryodhana authentic?

I remember that at the folklore level. Apparently after he had been pierced by arrows and he was incapacitated, his head was hanging down and it needed support.
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What are the details of the illustrious Bhishma's birth as the son of King Shantanu and Ganga?

Bhishma was an unparalleled warrior of his times and was one of the central characters of the Mahabharata epic. Bhishma was the son of king Shantanu and Ganga. How was Ganga, the Celestial Queen of ...
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Who was the writer of the Vishnu Sahasranamam?

I know that Vishnu Sahasranamam was told by Pitamaha Bhishma to Yudhishthira ORALLY. However who was the writer and who had made the hard copy of the same to do chanting of this mantra and when?
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Babruvahana in Mahabarata

Babruvahana was a son of Arjun and Chitrangada who ends up killing his own father with an arrow. Uloopi the step mother of Babruvahana used a gem to bring Arjuna back to life. I want to know how ...
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Why wasn't Parashurama supposed to act like a Kshatriya anymore?

In this answer, I got to know that during the fight between Parashurama and Bhishma, the spirits of Parashurama's ancestors told him to stop fighting, because he wasn't supposed to act like a ...
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Why Earth & Sky won't acccept Bhishma?

As per Mahabharata, Bhishma said to Arjun, to lay him in middle, as Earth & Sky will not accept him. What's the reason behind Earth & Sky not accepting Bhishma? Is there some conditions to be ...
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Does Bhishma know past, present and future?

Does Bhishma know about the events happening in the universe all the time? If yes, how did he get that power?
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How did Bhishma pitamaha got the ichchamrityu boon? [duplicate]

Someone can not kill Bhishma pitamaha until he wish. Because he has a boon of ichchamrityu. How did he get this boon?
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What did Bhishma do when he was on the bed of arrows?

I have heard that in Mahabharata Bhishma was made to lie on a bed made of arrows by Arjuna after dropping his weapons. I want to know in detail what all did Bhishma do in his arrow bed. Whether ...