Time for Celebration of Festival ~ Bhishma Ekadashi, or Bheesma Ekadasi, is observed in the Magha Month of Hindu Calender (January-February)
Regions Celebrated ~ This Festival is most popular South India specialy in Andhra Pradesh
The popular belief is that on this day the Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram (thousand names dedicated to Lord Vishnu) was revealed to the Pandavas by Bhisma. Bhishma was lying in a bed of arrows after the Great War in Mahabharat when he revealed the thousand names of Lord Vishnu.
This particular period (January to February) in a traditional Hindu calendar has numerous auspicious dates dedicated to Bhishma in various regions in India. Some of the important days are Bhishma Ashtami, Bhisma Dwadasi and Bhishma Ekadasi. It is believed that Bhishma chose this period to leave his body and merge with Brahman.
In North India, on this particular day Jaya Ekadashi is observed.
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