Bhisma Panchak

Bhishma Panchaka refers to the five days leading up to the holy festival of Kartik Purnima, which falls in the month of Kartik (October-November). During these five days, devotees honor and remember the great personality Bhishma Pitamaha from the Mahabharata. Bhishma Pitamaha was a prominent character in the epic, known for his unwavering devotion and exemplary qualities.

Devotees observe fasting and perform various devotional activities during the Bhishma Panchaka period. It is believed that by following the austerities and rituals during this time, one can receive the blessings of Bhishma Pitamaha and Lord Krishna. The observances include waking up early, taking a holy bath, offering prayers, reading scriptures like the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, performing charity, and engaging in devotional practices like chanting the holy names of God.

The Bhishma Panchaka period is considered highly auspicious for spiritual advancement and seeking the mercy of the Lord. It is an opportunity to deepen one%27s devotion and commitment to the path of Bhakti (devotion). By following these practices, devotees aim to develop qualities like selflessness, determination, and surrender, inspired by the exemplary life of Bhishma Pitamaha.

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