Today is Bhishma Ekadashi. This auspicious day is observed in the Magha Month or Magha Masam (January – February).
It is observed mainly in South India, especially in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The popular belief is that the Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram (thousand names dedicated to Lord Vishnu) was revealed to the Pandavas on this day by Bhisma, the great grandfather in the Mahabharata. Bhishma was lying in a bed of arrows after the Great War in Mahabharat when he revealed the thousand names of Vishnu.
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