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2023 Bhishma Ashtami: The Hindu festival known as A Day Dedicated an Epic Character of Mahabharat.





2023 Bhishma Ashtami

The Hindu festival known as A Day Dedicated to an Epic Character of Mahabharat Bhishma Ashtami honors the great warrior of Mahabharta Bhishma Pithama. Hindus observe Bhishma Ashtami to show their respect for the renowned Bhishma. Bhishma is said to have left this world on this particular day. As a result, many Hindus observe a fast on Bhishma Ashtami, which is the Ashtami of Shukla Paksha in the Magha month. The fast will be observed this time on Saturday, January 28.


The child becomes beautiful and virtuous by observing this quickly. Scriptures state that on this auspicious day of Makar Sankranti, when the sun begins to move north, grandfather Bhishma gave up his life. As a result, on this day, Kush, sesame seeds, and water are used to perform tarpan for Bhishma Pitamah. In addition, when a person prays to Bhishma, the son of Ganga, all of that person's sins are washed away. In addition, the day is regarded as excellent for preventing Pitra Dosh.


The Auspicious Tithi of Bhishma Ashtami 2023 Event Date, Timings, and Muhurat of Bhishma Ashtami 2023 Date Saturday, January 28, 2023 The Bhishma Ashtami Tithi Begins at 08:43 AM and Ends at 09:05 AM How Is Bhishma Ashtami Celebrated?

In every part of the country, Bhishma Ashtami is observed in a variety of ways. In all ISKCON and Lord Vishnu temples, massive celebrations are held to honor Bhishma Pitamah. In the Bengal states, devotees observe special rituals and perform puja on this day.



Significance of Bhishma Ashtami Bhishma Ashtami is a day of fasting to remember Gangaputra Bhishma, the hero of the epic Mahabharata. On the Ashtami of the Shukla Paksha in the Magha month, Bhishma Ashtami is celebrated. On this day, people fast and give their ancestors tarpan, sesame seeds, and water to purge them of all their sins. According to the Bible, if one fasts on this day, they are said to have obedient children like Bhishma Pitamah.


Additionally, one receives assistance from the Pitra Dosha's effects. The Mahabharata also states that this is the case. Shuklashtamyan: "Samvatsarkrit papam tatkshnadeva nashyati, samvatsarkrit papam tatkshnadeva nashyati, samvatsarkrit papam tatkshnadeva nashyati, samvatsarkrit papam tatkshnadeva





The Story of Bhishma Ashtami According to myth, Bhishma Ashtami is a festival. Bhishma was the ninth son of Goddess Ganga and King Shantanu of Bharatvansh, according to myth. When he was born, his parents gave him the name Devavrata. Because of his training and knowledge from the Bible, Maharishi became an invincible warrior. King Santanu has chosen him as the heir to the Kingdom because he is impressed by his abilities and knowledge.


King Shantanu had gone hunting on a rainy Sunday in the interim. He was greeted there by Satyavati, who was in charge of a boat in the Yamuna. King Shantanu approached her father and asked for her hand in marriage because he was captivated by her beauty. King Shantanu asked her father for permission to propose because he was captivated by her beauty. However, Satyavati's father insisted that Bhishma, Ganga's son, would not be the Kingdom's successor because Satyavati was his daughter's heir. King Shantanu denied it, but when Bhishma found out, he gave up his kingdom for his father's sake and promised never to marry again. Due to this vow, he was referred to as Bhishma Pratigya, and his name was changed from Devvrat to Bhishma.


King Shantanu gave his grandfather the benefit of death to show his appreciation for seeing Bhishna's fatherly affections. Bhishma grew to respect his father greatly. During the Mahabharata war, he stood against the Pandavas as the guardian of Hastinapur and fully participated in the conflict. Bhishma Pitamah, on the other hand, had decided not to fight Shikhandi or attack her. Arjuna, who was standing behind Shikhandi, fired the arrow at him, rendering him helpless and causing him to fall. Arjuna, the Pandava son, erected a bed of arrows at his father's direction.




He chose to die on the Ashtami of Shukla Paksha in the month of Magha following the conclusion of the Mahabharata battle. As a result, a person who passes away on Uttarayan is considered to have attained salvation according to religious belief. Furthermore, father Bhishma is able to bear children because he observes this fast.


Ekadashi Shradh, a purification ceremony, is performed on the eve of Bhishma Ashtami by devotees, and it is one of the rituals associated with the festival. It is believed that only people who do not have a father in their lives can perform this Shradh. On the other hand, everyone adheres to Bhishma's tarpan, which is observed in numerous locations.


On this day, devotees celebrate the festival of Bhishma Ashtami Tarpanam, during which they make offerings of tarpan on the banks of sacred rivers. In order to bring about the salvation of the devotees' souls, this tarpan is performed in the name of Bhishma Pitamah and their ancestors.


A significant ritual on this auspicious day is to bathe in sacred rivers. Devotees perform significant rituals such as boiling rice and making an offering of sesame seeds to the holy river.




To pay homage to Bhishma Pitamah, devotees observe a Bhishma Ashtami fast on this day, during which they take Sankalp (Vrat), carry out Arghyam (Holy Ceremony), and recite the Bhishma Ashtami Mantra, "Evasunamavataraya Shantoratmajay Ch." Additionally, Dami Bhishmay Bal Brahmachari ought to offer Arghya.


Benefits of Bhishma Ashtami Puja According to devotees, spending the day fasting and worshiping Bhishma Ashtami bestows the blessing of having children who are faithful and honest.

Devotees perform a variety of rituals, such as fasting, tarpan, and worship, to purify themselves of past and present sins in advance of Bhishma Ashtami. As a direct consequence of this, you will also receive the good fortune blessings.

Those who are afflicted with Pitra Dosh benefit from this fast as well.


Teachings of Bhishma Pitamah While Yudhishthir awaited the sun's arrival in the northern hemisphere, Bhishma imparted some crucial lessons. The following are a few notable lessons he taught:





Learn to forgive yourself and others and let go of your anger if you want peace.

Unfinished work indicates negativity, so all activities and assignments should be completed.

Avoid becoming overly attached to things or people.

Dharma ought to take precedence.

Show compassion, work hard, and protect everyone.


Conclusion:-

The Bhishma Ashtami is traditionally observed on the Ashtami day of Shukla Paksha, which falls during the Magha month. Bhishma, Ganga's son, lived his entire life serving the sacred earth. As a result, in order to bring Bhishma Pitamah's soul peace, tarpan is also performed with sesame water on this day.





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