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1 Enakshi Ganguly = "When Bhishma took upon the great oath so that his father and king, Shantanu, can take on another wife-- many were upset. Bhishma would have made a great ruler."
2 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Using even the very best of weapons I have not been able to obtain any advantage over Bhishma, that foremost of all warriors! I have exerted now to the best of my power and might. Seek the protection of Bhishma himself, thou hast no other refuge now.—Mahabharata 189:1" Vyasa, Krishna-Dwaipayana; Ganguli, Kisari Mohan (1883–1896). The Mahabharata. Sacred Texts."
3 Enakshi Ganguly = "It was Satyavati's sweet scent that took Shantanu to her."
4 Enakshi Ganguly = "A tale on how Satyavati (who is of lower-caste) got her compelling fragrance:Of Kunti and Satyawati: Sexually Asseritve Women of Mahabharat "
5 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: http://www.ancestortale.com/2014/08/shantanu-satyavati-and-bhishmas-oath.html"
6 Enakshi Ganguly = ""He saw a life full of loneliness, frustration and sadness. But that was how Vashishta's curse was supposed to unfold. Bhishma's human birth was destined to be marked with suffering, and that was how his life transpired right till the last moment; even his death. But the character which he possessed ensured that he never shied away from his duty, and never stopped loving those dear to him."Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhishma#cite_note-Mahabharata-3"
7 Enakshi Ganguly = ""But Satyavati’s father was not satisfied with this, since he believed that there are chances for fight between Satyavati’s and Devavrata’s children for the kingdom. Devavrata understood the intention of Satyavati’s father and without any regret, he took the oath that he will never marry and also never father a child (shown in figure). Devavrata’s oath and his sacrifice for his father stunned all the creatures of the universe. Devas showered him with flowers and had given a new name, Bhishma since no one will took this kind of most terrible vow... Devas gave a boon for Bhishma that he would have the power to choose the time of his own death."...which was known as Iccha Mrityu (Self-willed Death). Source: http://www.ancestortale.com/2014/08/shantanu-satyavati-and-bhishmas-oath.html"