Whose avatar God was Bhishma

Bhisma and the blessings of Ichcha Mrityu

Shantanu was no ordinary being. He was the avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu himself says this in Devi Bhagavatam.

Lord Vishnu had three wives, Ganga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Saraswati felt that Sri Hari was part of Lakshmi and Ganga and cursed others for being born a tree and rivers. Ganga Inturn cursed Saraswati for being born rivers. Lord Vishnu pacified them by saying that they would return his residence after cleansing the people of Bhooloka. He also told Ganga that he would be born Shantanu and that he would marry Ganga.

O swing! You must also take the incarnation in Bharata as the river that purifies all worlds in order to destroy the sins of the inhabitants of Bharata. Bhagiratha will take you there after asking and worshiping you much. and you will be famous under the name of Bhagirathî, the most sacred river in the world. There the ocean, born of my parts, and King S'ântanu, also born of my parts, will be your husbands. O Bharati! Also let yourself go and partially incarnate in Bharata under the curse of Ganga. O good-natured one! Now go to Brahma in full amsas and become his wife. Let Gangâ also go to S'iva in its fullness. Let Padma stay with me. Padmâ is of a peaceful nature, without anger, dedicated to me and of Sâttvika nature.

In Mahabharata, Adi Parva, it is also mentioned that Shantanu is not an ordinary person. He is very virtuous and of great energy.

These old men, touched by this monarch, not only felt an indescribable feeling of joy, but were also given back to the youth. Hence this monarch was called Santanu.

Some other properties of Shantanu are mentioned in Mahabharata, Adi Parva.

The monarch Santanu, the most revered of the gods and royal sages, was known in all worlds for his wisdom, virtues and truthfulness (of language). The qualities of self-control, liberality, forgiveness, intelligence, humility, patience and superior energy ever lived in this Taurus among men, namely Santanu, the great being, endowed with these achievements and familiar with both religion and profit at once the protector of the Bharata race and all people. His neck was marked with (three) lines, like a clamshell; His shoulders were broad and he resembled an angry elephant in his ability. It seems that all the auspicious signs of royalty resided in his person, considering that this is their best place to stay. When people saw the conduct of this monarch with great achievements, they found that virtue was always superior to pleasure and profit. These were the attributes that dwelt in this great being - this Taurus among men - Santanu. Indeed, there was never a king like Santanu.

When Bhishma helped his father (Shantanu) marry Satyavati, he became very pleased with him and bestowed the blessings of death at will (Ichhamrityu) as described in Mahabharata, Adi Parva.

And Santanu, too, who heard of the extraordinary achievements of his son, was delighted and bestowed the blessing of death on the high-souled prince at will and said: “Death will never come to you as long as you want to live. Verily, death will draw near you, O sinless one, after you have first received your command. '"

And in Mahabhara, Bhishma Parva, when Arjuna pierced Bhishma with arrows with the help of Shikhandi, Bhishma himself admits that now is the time to fulfill his father's blessings at will.

So cut off from the angry Arjuna, this arrow fell like lightning separated by a mass of cloud. When Bhishma saw that his arrow was cut off, he became angry. That hero, that subjugator of enemy cities, then began to think. And he said to himself: With just one bow I could kill all the Pandavas if the mighty Vishnu himself had not been their protector. However, I will not fight the Pandavas for two reasons, namely their insolence and the femininity of Sikhandin. Before, when my father married Kali, He gave me (with me) two boons, namely that I should not be able to be killed in battle and that my death should depend on my own choice.However, I should now wish for my own death , this is the hour. '

The blessing my famous father gave me to make my death depend on my own wish, oh, make that blessing come true . I will keep my life as I am in control of putting it down. 'After saying these words to these swans, he continued to lie down on his arrow bed.

The destroyer ♦

@TriyugiNarayanMani I added a reference from Devi Bhagavatam to your reply.


Why is the DB story not mentioned in MB? Seems suspicious.

Triyugi Narayan Mani

@sv. Yes, one can guess, but it is still mentioned in one of the Purana (DB). There are many examples of this. For example. Devi Radha is not directly mentioned in either Mahabharata or Bhagavatam, but is still a very famous and respected figure.