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TL;DR : Bhishma advised it himself . Bhishma gave the means of slaying him to Yudhishtira. You can find it in section CVIII of Kisari Mohan translation. Krishna did not advise Yudhishtira or Arjuna to use Shikhandi as shield against Bhishma. Krishna advised Yudhishtira to ask Bhishma his (Bhishma's) means of death. After the ninth day of the battle, ...


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Ganga Devi is wife of King Shantanu. Ganga devi's sister Parvati is wife of Lord Shiva. From texts in Mahabharata epic it is clear that Ganga Devi is wife of King Shantanu. Thus Ganga Devi's marital status is married. But Ganga devi had a deal with King Shantanu that he will never doubt her or question her actions. Before Bhishma 7 children(Vasus) were born ...


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Bhishma recounts the story in the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata, but first some background. Bhishma was the son of Shantanu, king of Hastinapura, and the goddess Ganga. But Ganga abandoned Shantanu, and Shantanu later fell in love with a woman named Satyavati. But Satyavati's (adopted) father Matsyagandha, the chief of a fisherman tribe, wouldn't ...


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Actually Bhishma's time of death is not considered auspicious, it is just that on an auspicious time Bhishma left his body as he had the boon of ichha mrityu (death at will). And in remembrance of that this specific day is celebrated. There are these two paths known as *pitru yāna * and deva yāna through which an eligible jivatma goes to the upper worlds ...


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tl;dr It's true that the scriptures indeed prescribe principles, ideologies and ways of life which are pro-male. But it's based on physical & mental attributes associated with male-female body & mind. In other context, during Anushasana Parva, Bhishma also described women in highest regard: Respect, kind treatment, and everything else that is ...


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This section of the Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya, which is a commentary on the Mahabharata by Madhavacharya gives an account of Bhishma's previous birth as Vasu Dyu. TLDR; The Karmic reason why Bhishma had to suffer a death on a bed of arrows is because in his previous life as Vasu Dyu he stole Vasistha's cow for his wife Vaaranagi and was cursed by ...


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The Oath Bhishma taken was Brahmacharya (study and meditation in celibacy. He took it for the benefit of his father Santanu. The oath he took taken is explained in chapter 100 of Adi Parva of Mahabharata. Once, King Santanu went for hunting and was attracted to a fragrance coming from an unknown direction. He follows that fragrance and finds a beautiful ...


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I discuss in this answer the age of various Mahabharata characters. In particular, Bhishma was 140 years old at the time of the Mahabharata war. Now as you can see in this web page, Abhimanyu was born 12 years after Yudhishthira's coronation in Indraprastha, and Yudhishthira was coronated at the age of 46. So since (as I discuss in that answer) ...


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"How come knowledged persons like bhisma,drona and karna lived a life knowing that the liberation is the life's goal and didn't live according to it" Among these, 2 were liberated (attained Moksha) according to scriptures. Drona's liberation: Before being beheaded by Dhrishtadyumna, Drona engaged himself in Kriya yoga, described in Gita (BG 4.29, 5.27-28),...


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The most known instance of lord Hanuman meeting any of the Mahabharata warriors, was with Bhima, during PAndava-s 13 years of exile. It's noted in Vana Parva, as described in this answer. Though there was lord Hanuman's presence on the flag of Arjuna's cart, there is no single instance of Bhishma and real lord Hanuman meeting face to face. Besides, I haven'...


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After Kurukshtra war Yudhishthira, the was mentally depleted because of the consiquences of war and the misery of death and suffering that happned because of the war in which he was involved and a prominant character . After war on the other hand Bhishma his grandfather, was lying on his deathbed. Shree Veda Vyasa and Sri Krishna told Yudhishthira, to ...


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Your enquiry is about whether Bhishma attained Swarga-Loka or Vaikuntha. And as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavata Purana he became one with Shree Hari and Mahabharata's Svargarohanika Parva he was present in Swarga. There is description of Bhishma asking the leave of Shree Krishna to leave his body in Mahabhrata - Anushasana Parva - Bhishma-Swargarohana ...


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Yes, Karna was on the battlefield. The Bhagavad Gita chapter you're quoting from is chapter 25 of the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabarata. In a later chapter of the Bhishma Parva, right before the battle begins Krishna approaches Karna on the battlefield and asks him to fight for the Pandavas until Bhishma dies, an offer Karna refuses: Vasudeva then went to ...


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There's no reason to believe that Bhishma would try to stop Kamsa. You can ask the same question about a million different people: why didn't Bhishma kill Kamsa, Shishupala, Jarasandha, Narakasura, etc. And why didn't Drupada kill any of them, and why didn't the Pandavas kill any of them (other than Bhima killing Jarasandha)? It's not the dharma of a ...


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Not that Bhishma did not Say anything, but yes he did not Do anything. He did not Do because of his oath of Seeing his father's image into the King who is the lord of Hastinapur. Had Dhritarashtra instructed him, he would have easily stopped this misdeed. But driven by blind love, Dhritarashtra allowed his son Duryodhana to conduct. Now first of all let's ...


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The story of Bhishma’s birth, is explained in –The Mahabharata book 1:Adi Parva:Sambhava Parva:Sections XCVI, XCVII and XCVIII. The details are as under:- 1.Ganga is cursed by Brahma to live on earth.The 8 Vasus also get cursed by Rishi Vasishtha to live on earth.The Vasus request Ganga to become their mother on earth.They also request Ganga to throw them ...


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Shantanu was no ordinary being. He was Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu himself says this in Devi Bhagavatam. Lord Vishnu had three wives, Ganga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Saraswati felt that Sri Hari was partial to Lakshmi and Ganga and cursed others to born as tree and rivers . Ganga inturn cursed Saraswati to born as Rivers. Lord Vishnu placatetd them by ...


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According to Mahabharata, Bhishma Parva, SECTION CXIX, Bhishma has not surrendered instead he was only ignoring Shikhandi not all other warriors. Then Sikhandin, taking up a mighty weapon and protected by Kiritin, rushed impetuously towards Bhishma alone. The unvanquished Vibhatsu then, knowing what should be done after what, slew all those that followed ...


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According to the Hindu scriptures like Skanda Purana, the goddess Ganga is foster-mother to Karttikeya(Subrahmanya, Murugan), who was actually a son of Shiva and Parvati. Parvati who created an image of Ganesha out of her bodily impurities but which became endowed with life after immersion in the sacred waters of the Ganges. Therefore Ganesha is ...


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The thousand names of Vishnu said by Bhishma Pitamaha were far famed and already sung by Rishis and other great people. Hence, he knew them already. Those names are famous because they are already found in the works of Rishis. yāni nāmāni gauṇāni vikhyātāni mahātmanaḥ| ṛṣibhiḥ parigītāni tāni vakṣyāmi bhūtayē || I am giving for the benefit of ...


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No, Krishna did not issue any such warning to Bhishma. This is not mentioned in the Mahabharata or any other scripture. And it runs contrary to what is stated in scripture about Krishna's attitudes in this regard. In this chapter of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, Krishna says that if he had been in Dwaraka when news or the dice game had come he would ...


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This story in mentioned in Mahabharata, Udyoga Parva, SECTION XLIX. "Bhishma continued, 'Having heard these words, Sakra went to the spot where those two were practising ascetic austerities, accompanied by all the celestials and having Vrihaspati at their head. At that time, the dwellers of heaven had been very much alarmed in consequence of a war raging ...


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Is bathing at night a good custom (sadhachara)? No. There seems a translation issue if we read Sanskrit verse and other related verse in the same chapter/section of Mahabharata. The sanskrit verse is नक्तं न कुर्यात पित्र्याणि भुक्त्वा चैव परसाधनम पानीयस्य करिया नक्तं न कार्या भूतिम इच्छता And this is how it's translated (a part is mentioned ...


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Bhisma had vowed to remain celibate throughout his life and not become a king. So his step brother Vichitravirya was to be the king. When Vichitravirya became of right age Bhisma started searching brides for him. The king of Kashi had three daughters namely, Amba, Ambika and Ambalika. The king announced a Swayambar where the participants had to fight in a ...


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According to me, even if Bhishma couldn't be killed but still there were other ways of stopping him. If you know about the story of Samudra Manthan and what happened afterwards with Rahu, you can probably imagine what could Lord Krishna might have done. As per the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata the following describes what happened with Rahu after he drank ...


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The story is told in this chapter of the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata. As I discuss in this answer, when Bhishma refused to marry Amba, Amba sought the help of Vishnu's incarnation Parashurama, who was Bhishma's guru, to force Bhishma to marry her. Bhishma and Parashurama fought an eighteen-day war in Kurukshetra, mirroring the Mahabharata war that ...


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The Arjun Vanvas Parva SECTION CCXVI tells us the story of how Arjun and Uloopi got married: One day that bull amongst the Pandavas, while residing in that region in the midst of those Brahmanas, descended (as usual) into the Ganges to perform his ablutions. After his ablutions had been over, and after he had offered oblations of water unto his deceased ...


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The illustrious Bhishma, who had mastery of Yoga, went into deep meditation, during his last moments.Bhishma did not feel any pain even though lying on a bed of arrows.As said by Bhishma:- कर्मणा मनसा वापि वाचा वापि परंतप यन मे कृतं बराह्मणेषु तेनाद्य न तपाम्य अहम Karmana Manasa Vapi Vacha Vapi Parantap Yen Mei Kratam Brahmaneshu Teinadhya ...


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TL;DR: Invincibility by itself is neither dharma nor adharma. But what you do with it will decide if you are following dharma or adharma. First off, what is dharma? In Karṇa-parva of the Mahābhārata, Kṛṣṇa explains dharma to Arjuna as: dhāraṇād dharmam ity āhur dharmo dhārayati prajāḥ yaḥ syād dhāraṇa saṃyuktaḥ sa dharma iti niścayaḥ Dharma ...


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