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2020 Bhishma Ashtami Date for Ashburn, Virginia, United States

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2020 Bhishma Ashtami

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2020
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Ashburn, United States
Bhishma Ashtami
1st
February 2020
Saturday / शनिवार
Death anniversary of Bhishma Pitamah
Bhishma Ashtami

Bhishma Ashtami Timings

Bhishma Ashtami on Saturday, February 1, 2020
Madhyahna Time - 11:22 AM to 01:25 PM
Duration - 02 Hours 03 Mins
Ashtami Tithi Begins - 07:40 AM on Feb 01, 2020
Ashtami Tithi Ends - 09:33 AM on Feb 02, 2020

Notes: All timings are represented in 12-hour notation in local time of Ashburn, United States with DST adjustment (if applicable).
Hours which are past midnight are suffixed with next day date. In Panchang day starts and ends with sunrise.

2020 Bhishma Ashtami

Magha Shukla Ashtami is 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 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 year which is 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.

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