Bhishmashtami 2011 – Bhishma Astami or Bheeshma Ashtami

Bhishmashtami or Bhishma Astami is celebrated on Magh Shukla Ashtami, the eighth day in Shukla paksha in Magh month. Bheeshmashtami 2011 date is February 11, Friday. Bhishma is known as the legendary king of Mahabharata whom Lord Krishna praised as the Lords of the Lord. It is believed that on Bhishmashtami day, Bhishma laid himself on the bed of arrows. As no one was able to counteract Bhishmas courageous fight, Lord Krishna was about to aim his Sudarshan Chakra on Bhishma.

Seeing Krishna lifting Sudarshan Chakra, Bhishma stopped his war from his side and laid himself on the bed of arrows, made by Arjuna. Bhishmashtami is celebrated with utmost fervor in ISKCON Temples and some other Vishnu temples. Reciting or chanting Vishnu Sahasranama stotram, Dasavatara Stotram, Vishnu Ashtakam, etc. is highly meritorious.

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  1. K. Jayaraman says:

    On Bhishmaashtami day, pithru tharpanam to be performed as Bhishma is a brahmachari and hene all should do tharpanam. By doing so, the person will get all blessings from all our known and unknown pithrus from the pithru loka and bhishma also will bless us . it is a practice in tamil nadu brahmin culture

  2. Sri says:

    Bheeshmashtami, was the holy day, bheesmacharya decided to take up his final journey, after getting laid on the arrow bed, nearly 3 months earlier during the war.

    This was the day when The famous slokas Vishnu sahasranamam and Bheeshma stavarajam were shared.

    Krishna never aimed the Sudharshana Chakra. It was just the wheel of his chariot, and that too to keep up one of Bheeshma’s own Vow’s (To make krishna take the Wheel during the war)

    Please look into Shanthi Parva of Mahabaratha for greater details.