Bhishma, also known as Devavrata, is a central character in the Indian epic Mahabharata. He is the son of King Shantanu and the river goddess Ganga.
Bhishma is known for his unwavering commitment to truth, justice, and duty, and is regarded as one of the most noble characters in the Mahabharata. He is also famous for his unparalleled martial skills and his vow of lifelong celibacy, which he took to ensure his father’s happiness.
Bhishma plays a pivotal role in the Mahabharata as the commander-in-chief of the Kuru army during the Kurukshetra War. Despite his loyalty to the Kuru dynasty, Bhishma remains conflicted throughout the war due to his love for his grand-nephews, the Pandavas.
Bhishma is ultimately killed in the war, lying on a bed of arrows as he waits for the auspicious moment of his death. His story in the Mahabharata is a complex one, reflecting the many contradictions and challenges of living a life committed to duty and virtue.
Bhishma is revered in Hinduism as a great warrior, a wise counselor, and a symbol of selfless sacrifice and devotion. His character continues to be a source of inspiration for people around the world.