Hindu - A prince. Son of Shantanu and Ganga. When his father wished to get married again, to the young Satyavati, Bhishma renounced his claim to the throne and remained celibate, so that any son of the new marriage could inherit the kingdom. He taught both the Kauravas and the Pandavas the arts of war and fought on the side of the Kauravas in their epic battle with the Pandavas. He could be killed only with his consent and this he gave when the Pandavas pleaded with him to give up fighting for evil men and demons. Sadly, his former friend, Arjuna, shot him with many arrows and he died of his wounds after fifty-eight days. In some accounts, called Bhishma, Bhisma, Bhisma, Gangeya, Gangeya, Nadija or Nadija.

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