Celebrating day of Bhishma Nirvana : 31 January 2015

I was going to title this article as ‘Celebrating Punya-Tithi of Bhishma’. Then I realized that ‘Tithi’ as is determined in Indian Luni-Solar calendar, deviates from a specific day of Greogian (or Julian) calendar.

The day (per Julian Calendar), extended into antiquity, for the passing away of Bhishma was 31 January 5560 BCE.  Thus we are celebrating 7575th Punya-Divas of Bhishma Nirvana (5560 + 2015 = 7575 years ago!)

The determination of this specific event has immense power to assert the timing of Mahabharata War during 5561 BCE!  In addition, this determination (not unlike that of ‘AV Observation’) of the day of Bhishma Nirvana decisively falsifies all claims for the timing of Mahabharata War that fall after ~4000 BCE!  Of course ‘AV observation’ does the same but with lot more precision, viz. it decisively falsifies all claims for the timing of Mahabharata War that fall anytime after 4508 BCE!

The fact that Indian ‘Tithi’ varies with respect to a specific day of Gregorian (or Julian) calendar is critical to understand these (either ~4000 BCE or 4508 BCE) falsifying walls on the timing of Mahabharata War.

Only clear understanding of this phenomenon coupled with that of the precession of Equinoxes can allow one to appreciate why 31 January 5560 BCE can be the ONLY DAY for the day of Bhishma Nirvana.

This will also make readers understand why there is a pindrop and utter silence from all Mahabharata researchers against my assertion that Bhishma was on the bed of arrows (based on 20+ astronomy and chronology references from the Mahabharata text) for more than ninety-two (>92 ) days. NO IFS and NO BUTS! Therein lies the ‘rub’…. in that silence, it is defeaning! 🙂

In my upcoming book – ‘Bhishma Nirvana’, I present this evidence in meticulous detail. Of course it is already explained, albeit in a compact form, in my book ‘When did the Mahabharata War Happen?: The Mystery of Arundhati’.


6 thoughts on “Celebrating day of Bhishma Nirvana : 31 January 2015

  1. The silence has ended! I am not a researcher of Mahabharat, only a modest reader. I have not accepted your conclusion and have stated my reasons for same as you know. Some day they may appear on my blog.

  2. It may be far better to celebrate Bhishma Smrutidin on the day of winter solstice! There is no difference of opinion on his life ending on that day!

  3. Fair point….celebrating Bhishma Smrutidin on the day of Winter solstice. No disagreement there. The date estimated by me, per Julian calendar – 31 January 5561 BCE has its own value, specifically, in a historical sense.

  4. You are not alone in ‘not accepting’ my conclusion for 31 January 5560 BCE, as day of Bhishma Nirvana, specially his being on the bed of arrows for >92 days. I thank you for debating that claim. It helped me in many ways what I need to do in putting forward my case, which of course, briefly was described in my Mahabharata War book.

    While you have debated it in your own way, which is graceful, I am not sure what is the excuse of ‘Mahabharata researchers’ who claim to have skin in the game.. ~1500 BCE, 2300 BCE, 3102 BCE, 3137 BCE, 3143 BCE, 3067 BCE and so on. None of them, who otherwise claim for a specific year, dare open up the issue of Bhishma Nirvana. And there is the rub, and there is the answer.

    Of course, I plan to elucidate it. I consider Bhishma Nirvana and duration of Bhishma on the bed of arrows too critical to deserve a book. It is in the works. As usual, you will get a draft copy of it.


    • You are once again mis-stating my position. I have no questions or doubts about Bhishma’s life ending just after winter solstice. If in the year of war it occurred on 31st Jan. then that is the date of his death! (According to Julian calender extended backwards to epochs when it was non-existant)). What I am not accepting is your claim that he spent 92+ days on death bed. Now in future the date of winter solstice will be constant so it is better to pay homage to Bhishma on that date. If you propose 31st Jan., it would not make sense to common man, only confusion! Only research people may appreciate that it was the date of his death, that too, if they accept the year you have proposed. So make your choice.

      • There are several issues here…

        (1) Me talking of ’31 January’ as a day to celebrate Bhishma Nirvana is not any different than many refer to 19 February as day of Shivaji -Janma-divas. It is on a lighter note. Sure, it may confuse people few hundred or 1000 years from now.

        (2) It is clear that you are not accepting my claim that Bhishma spent >92 days on the bed of arrows. And that remains my claim and a book around it in the works.

        (3) The need to use Julian or Gregorian calendar is due to the fact that one needs a reference (control) calendar – solar calendar, in order to go back in time to research ancient Indian history. The dates so determined, for ancient Indian events, must be stated in terms of dates of solar calendar in order to avoid confusion of what specific day is meant.

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