- Bhishma Pitamah
- Bhishma Pitamah was one of the greatest heroes of the Mahabharata who attained immortal fame for his several superhuman accomplishments.
- In fact, the entire epic of Mahabharat unfolded from Bhishma who is highly popular for his two tough vows.
- However, there are some other interesting and lesser known feats that he achieved during his life.
2. The garland that was never worn
- Amba desperately loved Bhishma and wished to marry him.
- But when she had an indecisive mind and was turned down by her uncle, Bhishma thoroughly rejected her which sent her to deep frustration.
- She vowed to put an end to Bhishma’s life and therefore undertook a severe penance.
- Lord Subrahmanya blessed her with a garland that would never fade away.
- She was told to give the garland to the one who would fight Bhishma in a war.
- Since Bhishma was a terror to all, she could not convince anyone wear the garland and fight against Bhishma.
3. The incredible warrior whom the Guru can’t defeat
- Bhishma learnt much of his warfare from Lord Parashurama, who was considered an incarnation of Mahavishnu.
- In utter desperation, Amba approached Parashurama to avenge the insulting disappointment she faced from Bhishma.
- The war between the Guru and his disciple lasted for so long culminating in a stalemate as Bhishma was invincible.
4. The one who chose when to die
- Bhishma’s father had given him a boon that he could choose the time of his death.
- Bhishma chose to take up the bed of arrows in the war field of Mahabharata.
- Since he fell in the war during Dakshinayana (southward movement of the sun) that was not an auspicious time to die, he chose to wait till Uthrayana (northward movement of the sun), which arrived after 58 days.
5. The one who made the Lord break his promise
- Before the onset of the war of Kurukshetra, Krishna had promised that he would never take a weapon to fight during the war.
- Bhishma waged a torrential fight in the war field.
- Arjuna could not withstand the arrows shot at him in succession by the champion of warfare.
- At a point when Arjuna turned helpless and was facing the danger of death, Krishna jumped into the war filed and grabbed a chariot wheel to throw at Bhishma, who could thus make the Lord break his promise.