New Delhi| Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The Ashtami tithi of Shukla Paksha of Magha Month is observed as the death anniversary of Bhishma Pitamah. He was known by many names, including Gangaputra, Pitamaha, and Devavrata. The death anniversary of Bhishma Pitamah is observed as the Bhishma Ashtami. He was known to be one of the most powerful warriors of the Indian epic, Mahabharata. Not only this, but he was also an elder statesman of Hastinapur.

According to the mythology, Bhishma Pitamah was the son of goddess Ganga and Kuru King Shantanu. Bhishma Ashtami is known to be one of the most auspicious festivals in Hindu culture. 

When is Bhishma Ashtami?

The Bhishma Ashtami began on February 19 and will mark an end on February 20.

What are the tithi timings of Bhishma Ashtami?

The Ashtami tithi started at 10:58 AM on Feb 19 and will end at 01:31 PM on Feb 20. The Madhyahna time will start at 11:27 AM and will end at 01:43 PM.

What is the significance of Bhishma Ashtami?

According to Hindu mythology, this day is known to be very auspicious. It is believed that on this day, the devotees who have lost their father, perform the rituals in the name of Bhishma Pitamah. The devotees who perform the rituals on this day get rid of Pitru Dosha.

According to the Mahabharata, Bhishma Pitamah practiced celibacy throughout his life. Bhishma was dedicated and devoted, and he was later blessed with a boon that he can choose the date and time of his death. He even got injured in the Mahabharata battle but he did not leave his body, instead, he waited for the auspicious timing.

Pitamah chose the timing of Uttarayan. It is the time when the sun starts going in the northward movement and it is considered an auspicious half of the year in the Hindu religion.

Posted By: Deeksha Sharma