In the epic Mahabharata, BhishmaBhishma
In the epic Mahabharata, Bhishma was the eighth son of Kuru King Shantanu, who was blessed with wish-long life and had sworn to serve the ruling Kuru king... was the eighth son of Kuru King Shantanu, He was a Kuru king and a major character in the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. In his previous birth, he was a powerful king named Mahabhisha and has many virtuous qualities. He was cursed by Brahma to be born as a mortal. He was also cursed to experience great emotional pain in the hands of Ganga. She married Shantanu in her next birth and made him promise never to ask any questions from her. The king was so mesmerized by her beauty that he agreed. She drowned all their sons, except one, causing him immense pain and severe heartbreak. She even left him after the break of the promise.
who was blessed with wish-long life and had sworn to serve the ruling Kuru king. and grand uncle of both the Pandavas and the Kauravas. They were the descendants of Kuru. Duryodhana was considered the most important Kaurava. They were hundred in number and had only one sister named Dushala. They were parented by Gandhari and Dhritarashtra. They fought against the Pandavas in the war of Mahabharata. They also didn’t want the Pandavas to rule and thus also sent them into exile.
An unparalleled archer and warrior, he once fought his own guru the mighty Parasurama and defeated him. He also handed down the VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. Sahasranama to Yudhisthira when he was on his death bed (of arrows) in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. It is one of the many cities of Haryana which has a huge historical significance. The fight between Kauravas and Pandavas, depicted in Mahabharata, was fought on the grounds of Kurukshetra. Bhagavad Gita was also preached here by Krishna to Arjuna. The land is also known as Dhamakshetra.
The legend behind Bhishma's birth is as follows - once the eight Vasus ("Ashtavasus") visited Vashishta's ashram accompanied by their wives. One of the wives took a fancy to Kamadhenu, Vashishta's wish-bearing cow and asked her husband Prabhasa to steal it from Vashishta. Prabhasa then stole the cow with the help of the others who were all consequently cursed by Vashishta to be born in the world of men. Upon the Vasus appealing to Vashishta's mercy, the seven Vasus who had assisted in stealing Kamadhenu had their curse mitigated such that they would be liberated from their human birth as soon as they were born; however, Prabhasa being protagonist of the theft, was cursed to endure a longer life on the earth.
The curse, however is softened to the extent that he would be one of the most illustrious men of his time. It was this Prabhasa who took birth as Bhishma.