Bhishma Ekadasi is observed on Shukla Ekadashi in Magh Month (Magha masam). In 2019, Bhishma Ekadashi date is February 16.
It is an auspicious occasion, also considered as the birthday of Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram (Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra Jayanti). Vishnu Sahasranama stotram was revealed to Pandavas by Bhishma. While on the bed of arrows, Bhishma revealed the stothram to Pandavas and became a major reason for their success in Kurukshetra war. Lord Krishna himself told to Pandavas that chanting Vishnus 1000 names will provide success and salvation in life.
Bhishma Ekadasi is celebrated with utmost fervor in Vishnu temple across India and abroad. ISKCON Temples and other Vishnu temples consider it as one of the major festivals. In Andhra Pradesh, ‘Narasimha Kalyanam is observed at Antarvedi Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple.
In Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy Temple, Simhachalam Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Yadagirigutta Narasimha Swamy Temple, Bhadrachalam Sri Sita Ramachandra swamy temple, and Tirumala Tirupati Sri Balaji temple, Bhishma Ekadasi is celebrated in a grand manner. Bheeshmashtami or Bhishma Astami and Bhishma Dwadasi are also celebrated with fervor in all Vishnu temples.
Panchang, 16 February 2019
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 07:02 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:19
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)14:53 Chandrastama (Moonset)28:45
Paksha (Fortnight) Shukla Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Ekadashi – 11:01
Nakshatra Ardra – 19:06
Yoga Priti – 24:01*
Karana Bava – 21:40
Purnimanta Month Maagha
Amavasyanta Month Maagha
Shaka Samvatsara: Vilambi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Virodhikruthi
Rahu Kalam: 09:51 – 11:16
Gulika Kalam: 07:02 – 08:27
Yama Gandam: 14:05 – 15:30
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Kumbha
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Mithuna
Amrita Kalam 09:50 – 11:19
Abhijit: 12:18 – 13:03
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 29:56* – 31:23*
Durmuhurthams: 07:47 – 08:33
In 2018, Bhishma Ekadashi date was January 27 | January 28.
In 2017, Bhishma Ekadashi date was February 7.
In 2016, Bhishma Ekadashi date was February 18.
In 2015, Bhishma Ekadashi date was January 30.