Bhishma Ashtami 2024

Bhishma Ashtami 2024
This year's Bhishma Ashtami 2024

Friday, 16 Feb - 2024

Bhishma Ashtami in the Year 2024 will be Celebrated on Friday, 16th February 2024

Bhishma Ashtami or Magha Shukla Ashtami is the death anniversary of Bhishma Pitamah, one of the most prominent characters of the great Indian epic, the Mahabharata and this day is known as Bhishma Ashtami. Bhishma bowed for celibacy and followed it throughout his life. Due to his loyalty and devotion to his father Pitamah Bhishma was blessed with a boon to choose the time of his death.

When he got injured in the battle of Mahabharata he didn’t leave his body due to his boon. He waited for the auspicious moment to give up his body. According to Hindu belief God Suryadev moves in South direction during half of the year which is an inauspicious period and all auspicious activities are postponed till Suryadev starts moving back in North direction. Pitamah Bhishma chose Magha Shukla Ashtami to give up his body and by this time Suryadev started moving back in North direction or Uttarayana (उत्तरायण).

This day People do Ekodishta (एकोदिष्ट) Shradhha for him. His Shradhha has been prescribed for those who have lost their father. However many believe that his Shradhha rituals can be performed by all irrespective of their father being alive or dead.

 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
  Surya Grahan, 4 December 2021, Saturday
  Vivah Panchami, 8 December 2021, Wednesday
  Martyrdom of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, 8 December 2021, Wednesday
  Mokshda Ekadasi Vrat, 14 December 2021, Tuesday
  Mangalwari Chaturthi 2021, 17 December 2021, Friday
  Dattatreya Jayanti, 18 December 2021, Saturday
 
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