Bhishma on the bed of arrows (Bhishma-Yudhishthir Samvad of 6 days) – Part 4 of 7

56th Day before Bhishma Nirvana (36+X+1 day after Fall of Bhishma) Yudhishthir and his brothers along with Krishna, Satyaki, Kripacharya, Yuyutsu and Sanjay spent this day in the company of Bhishma. Soon, Sun could be seen on the western horizon and assembled sages took leave of Krishna, Bhishma and Yudhishthir. Yudhishthir and his brothers, Krishna,…

Bhishma-Yudhishthir Samvad

“I do not instruct you regarding duty from what I have learned from the Vedas alone; What I have told you is the result of wisdom and experience, it is the honey that the learned have gleaned. Kings should collect wisdom from various sources, One cannot go successfully in the world with the help of…

Lunar Month & Tithi of Bhishma Nirvana

Bhishma Nirvana is assumed to have occurred during the lunar month of Magha, and Tithi of Ashtami (8) of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight). — While The Mahabharata text has no direct evidence for ‘Day of Bhishma Nirvana =Magha Shukla 8’, the interpretation of one such Mahabharata text does make it plausible. That same verse (of…

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…