The Fall of Bhishma

Kunti went to meet Karna to reveal his true identity. However, he refused to join the Pandavas, saying, “I have already refused to Lord Krishna before. Anyway, it is too late to do that as I am a close friend of Duryodhan. However, I promise you that I will not kill any of the Pandavas except Arjun.” On the tenth day of the war, the Pandavas could not keep up with Bhishma. Then, Krishna suggested, “Bhishma could lower his bow if a woman came before him.” As no woman was allowed in the battlefield, Krishna asked Arjun to keep Shikhandi in front of the chariot while fighting against Bhishma. Shikhandi was born as a woman but later became a man because of a demi-god. Bhishma refused to fight against Shikhandi. Thus, Arjun shot a hundred arrows and pinned Bhishma down. There was no way to kill Bhishma as he had a gift of choosing the moment of his death.

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