1. A PROJECT REPORT ON “BHISHMA PITAMAHA” FROM
Marwadi Education Foundation’s Group of Institutions
In partial fulfilment of the requirement of the award for the degree
Master of Business Administration
Under the guidance of
Faculty Guide: Prof.Avisha Nebhnani
SUBMITTED BY: Manali Bhavsar
VOW OF BHISHMA
SKILLS,TALENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
IN THE MAHABHARAT WAR
STRETEGIC FORMATION:THE VYUHA
THE DEATH OF BHISHMA
5. Bhishma is often considered as a great
example of devotion and sacrifice. His name
itself is an honour to him, Bhishma which
means great and Pitamah which means
Grandfather which combined means Great
Bhishma was born as the eighth son of the
illustrious King Shantanu and Ganga.
6. He was known as 'Bhishma Pitamaha'
(Pitamaha meaning the grandfather or
grandsire) among the Pandavas and the
He was a well known person for his
knowledge in politics and many other
subjects. He was a very good archer and he
won a battle with his Guru Parshurama, who
is otherwise unbeatable (due to the
influence of time and the relationship of
God and devotee).
8. Bhishma means He of the terrible
oath, referring to his vow of lifelong
celibacy. Originally named Devavratha, he
became known as Bhishma after he took the
bhishana pratigya ('terrible oath') — the
vow of lifelong celibacy and of service to
whoever sat on the throne of his father (the
throne of Hastinapur).
9. Bhishma took another vow that he would
always see his father's image in whoever sits
on the King's throne and will serve him.
11. Bhishma had stature and personality that in
those times were fit for kings. He was a true
Kshatriya as well as a disciplined ascetic - a
rare combination. Like a true Kshatriya, he
never unnecessarily exhibited passion and
anger. A symbol of truth and duty, the
benevolent Bhishma was in all senses a true
13. Bhishma was not only a good warrior, but
also highly skilled in political science
He had all the qualities and abilities fit for
an excellent king. His goodness and sacrifice
made him one of the greatest devotees of
Lord Krishna himself. He tried his best to
bring reconciliation between Pandavas and
Kauravas to prevent the war.
14. Even in the Kurukshetra war while he was
the general he tried his best to keep the war
low key by minimising confrontation
between the two camps
Even as he fell he tried to use the
opportunity to persuade both camps to put
an end to the war.
After the war, while on his deathbed he gave
deep and meaningful instructions to
Yudhishthira on statesmanship and the
duties of a king.
16. Bhishma is the one who witnessed the
Mahābhārata completely from the
beginning since the rule of Shantanu.
In this war, Bhishma vowed not to kill any of
the Pandavas, as he loved them, being their
grandsire. Duryodhan often confronted
Bhishma alleging that he was not actually
fighting for the Kaurava camp as he
wouldn't kill any Pandava but would let
them kill Kauravas.
19. Bhishma lay on the 'bed of arrows' till the
end of the battle for an interesting reason.
Bhishma asked Krishna why he was
suffering so much. Krishna told him it was a
result of his reticence and silence towards
Draupadi's cheer-haran which was a maha-
papam (great Sin). Bhishma failed to act to
protect Draupadi at a time of dire need.
Krishna further told him that the immediate
time was not an auspicious time to leave the
25. Bhisma is lying on a bed of arrows Arjuna
standing above him with bow drawn and
The relation between Bhishma and
Pandavas/Kauravas is described as that of a
26. Their descendence was in the following generations
Maharaj Hastin (founder of the Hastinapur empire)
Bheeshma, Chitrangada, Vichitraveerya
Dhritarashtra & Pandu & Vidur
Pandavas & Kauravas
27. When Bhishma died, he was the eldest living
ancestor to the equivalent of 5 generations
as the Pandavas themselves were
grandparents. Their only living heir was
Parikshit, Arjuna's grandson, the son of
Abhimanyu and Matsya princess Uttara.
28. Its said that once Bhishma fell down pierced
with arrows he was feeling thirsty.
Duryodhana went to fetch water, but Arjuna
shot an arrow at the ground and water came
pouring out directly into Bhishmas mouth.
Its actually river goddess Ganga coming to
satisfy the thirst of her son Bhishma.