Devavrata, the son Ganga and King Satntanu, he was the man who also called as Bhishma (the terrible), he was the observer of vow, he was the follower of Dharma and commitments.
He was the undecaying one with white headdress. He had white horses and was clad in white armor. Bhishma was like the rising moon. Stationed on his silver chariot, Bhishma’s standard had a large palm tree with five stars. He was the aged grandfather of the Kurus He was Bhagirathi’s son and knows everything, everything about all forms of dharma.
He has seen all the gods, with Shakra at the forefront, in person. He has studied the policies, the sacred texts from and many commentaries from Brihaspati and Ushanas (Shukracharya). He learned the Vedangas from Bhargava Chyavana and Vasishtha.
He studied the truth about transcendental paths from Kumara (Santkumara), the eldest son of the grandfather, who blazed in his energy. He obtained everything about the Dharma followed by ascetics from the mouth of Markandeya himself. He obtained weapons from Rama (Parshurama) and Shakra (Indra).
Though he has been born as a man, the time of his death was depend on his own wishes. Though the virtuous one had no offspring, it has been heard that he achieved obtain the sacred worlds in heaven.
The sacred Brahmarshis are always his courtiers. There is no knowledge that deserves to be known that is unknown to him. He is learned about Dharma and the true subtleties of Dharma and Artha.
We can’t describes his all achievements and prowess, he was the man with exceptional qualities. We all know about his greatness and achievements in the battlefield. I’m just trying to make an INDEX of Victory, Achievement and Defeat in the Great War (Mahabharata aka Bharata).
Sources: Gita Press Mahabharata and KMG Mahabharata.
Shweta Vadha – Bhishma Parva (Chapter – 48)
Injured to Bhima and Defeated to Satyaki – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 72)
http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m06/m06072.htm (though, only Satyaki Charioteer was slain)
Deprived Yudhishthira’s steeds – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 86)
Virata’s brother Shatanika slain and Fight with many Mahartahas – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 118)
Dual with Arjuna – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 45)
Battle with Abhimanyu – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 47)
Terrible Fight with Arjuna – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 52)
Battle with Satyaki, Bhima and Dhishtadyumna – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 54)
Amazing feats of Bhishma – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 59)
Krishna raised Chakra for slaying BHISHMA – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 59)
Battle with Arjuna – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 60)
Terrible battle with Bhima – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 70)
Terrible Fight with Arjuna – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 71)
Duel with Satyaki – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 104)
Battle with Arjuna – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 116)
Bhishma’s Charioteer slain by Satyaki and Bhishma left the battlefield – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 54)
Bhishma Defeated by Arjuna including all the Kuru warrior with Drona, Duryodhana, Valhika, Kripa, Jayadratha, Valhika, Bhurisravas, Salya, Sala, Bhurisravas, Srutayush, the ruler of the Amvashtas, Durmarshana, Chitrasena, and other warriors by hundreds united together. Bhishma Parva (Chapter 59)
Battle between Bhima and Bhisma and Bhima’s slain his horses, Bhishma left the battlefield – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 89)
Slain by Arjuna with Shikhandi’s help – Bhishma Parva (Chapter 119)
Final words for Bhishma from Krishna;
Krishna said “In truth, austerities, generosity, performing of sacrifices, Dhanurveda, the Vedas, non-violence, purity, self-control and engagement in the welfare of all beings, we have not heard of any other maharatha like you, O Bhishma. There is no doubt that you are capable of vanquishing the gods, the gandharvas, the suras, the asuras and the rakshasas on a single chariot. You are the mighty-armed Bhishma, like a Vasava among the Vasus.
O supreme among men! I know who you are. Because of your own capacity and great strength, you are renowned among the thirty gods. O Indra among men! Among men, there is no man on earth who is your equal in qualities, none that has been seen or heard of. O king! In all the qualities, you surpass even the gods. Through your austerities, you are capable of creating worlds, with mobile and immobile objects.
You know everything about what is said to be the dharma of the four varnas and the four ashramas. This is said to be the eternal dharma, spoken about in the four Vedas, followed by the four officiating priests and stated in samkhya yoga.
O Gangeya! There is one single dharma followed, and not contravened, by any of the four varnas and that is also known to you. You know all the itihasa and the Puranas. All the Dharmashastras are always established in your mind. O bull among men! With the exception of you, there is no one else in this world who possess these qualities.
Hail to Bhishma…