Bhishma Tharpanam Vidhi, procedure with mantras, slokas, prayers, etc is given here. Bhishma Tharpanam is performed on Bhishma Ashtami. It is a grand tribute to the historical figure and a spiritual guru, Bhishma, who has revealed Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram to the world.
Here is the procedure of Bhishma Tharpanam…
Perform Sandhya Vandana nitya karmas in the early morning on Bhishma Ashtami day.
Sit in the against the East direction.
Chant the sankalpa ” BhishmAshtami punyakale Bhishma Tarpanam karishye”
Having Yajnopavita in Nivita mode, offer Arghyam by both hands in pure water without mixing tila by chanting the following Slokas:
Bhishmah Santanavo virah satyavadi jitendriyah |
AbhiradbhiravApnotu putrapautrocitam kriyam ||
Bhishmaya namah idamarghyam |
Vaiyaghrapada gotraya sankritya pravaraya ca |
aputraya dadamyarghyam salilam bhishma varmane ||
bhishmaya namah idamarghyam |
Gangaputraya Santaya Santanoh Atmajaya ca |
aputraya dadamyarghyam salilam bhishma varmaNe ||
BhishmAya namah idamarghyam |
anena arghyapradanena bhishmah Priyatam ||
It is said that all the Brahmins should necessarily observe / offer their respects of Sri Bhishma Pitamaha.