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Bhishma Panchak 2024: Last 5 Days Of Kartik Month

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Kartik maas or Damodar maas is a month that is very dear to Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan.


durlabho bhakti-yogo me

mama vasya-vidhayakah

karttike mathurayam ca

vratenanena labhyate

Pure devotional service to Me which, because it places Me under my devotee’s dominion is very difficult to attain and is easily attained by following this vow in Mathura’ during Kartika.

Every little austerity performed in the month of Kartik gets benefited a thousand times.Kartik is itself the most glorious month but in Kartik’s last 5 days that is “BHISHMA PANCHAK” is even more glorious. Bhishma Panchak is also known as Vishnu Panchak.


Bhishma Panchak Vrat

On these last 5 days of Kartik Month, Pitamah Bhishma fasted for preparing to leave his body. Seeing Bhishma Dev performing fast during the last 5 days of Kartik with all love and devotion, lord

Hari became so pleased that he agreed to give pure love of devotion to those who chant, sing, hear, read, worship and fast for these five days of Bhishma panchak.

Bhishma Panchak Fasting: 2024

Bhishma Panchak 2024 fasting starts by remembering Bhishma dev on the day of Kartik and ends on Purnima day.

Bhishma Panchak 2024 fast will begin on 12rd November 2024 and will end on 16th November 2024.

Those who fail to observe Chatur maas vrat,  get benefit of observing four months of fasting just by fasting on last five days of Kartik maas that is on Bhishma panchak 2024.

Srila Suta Goswami says in the Padma Purana, Uttarakhanda, ‘This liberating fast is unknown even to the demigods. If one listens to what I have said and fasts on these five days, he becomes free from that sin. Even if someone carefully listens to this narration, he also achieves happiness. I tell you the reality again and again that one should keep this fast secretively, and continue performing it unceasingly – that person surely achieves Liberation.”

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How to Observe Bhishma Panchak Fasting?

There are three levels of Bhishma panchak fasting.


Those who follow level one of fasting can eat or drink product of the cow for each day Ingredients that can be taken in level 1 of fasting as mentioned below

Day 1– Cow dung (gomaya)

Day 2-Cow urine (go-mutra)

Day 3-Cow milk (kshiira)

Day 4-Cow yogurt (dahi)

Day 5– All products of cow mixed together (pancha-gavya)


If one can’t follow the first level of fasting then one can take fruits and roots (only those fruits and roots which do not have lots of seeds live guava, pomegranate etc.) Boiled potato and sweet potato can be taken. One can take sea salt for taste. Cashewnuts, dates, raisins, coconut water, grated coconut can be taken. One should avoid taking milk and milk products at this level of fasting.


If one can’t follow level 1 or level 2, then one can observe level 3 of fasting. This level of fasting is known as “Havishya’’.

Ingredient that can be taken in level 3 of fasting as mentioned in Sri Hari-Bhakti Vilasa (13.10-13) are –

Aatap rice ( Rice which is unparboiled – raw or polished, unpre-cooked.)

Unadulterated Ghee from cow

Saindhava salt (sea salt)

Milk from cow

Milk with cream

Ripe Banana



Fruits (Skanda Purana, Naagara Khanda says they must be with a small seed or only with few seeds)



Labali fruit

Roots except kesa grass root




Ikshu-dravya or sugarcane derivatives (other than gur or mollasses)

Note –No oil should be taken in any form.

The following ingredients though are part of “ Havishya’’ and need to be avoided in Kartik Month:

Mung dal

Til oil






For those who follow Chatur Mas fasting from Ekadashi to Ekadashi, their Chatur Mas ends on Ekadashi so they can take moong dal on havishya. however most devotees follow it from Purnima to Purnima so they don’t take moong dal during Bhishma panchak.

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Tarpana to Bhishma Dev

Tarpana to Bhishma Dev

How to Offer Tarpana to Bhishma Dev?

Bhishma Dev son of Mother Ganga and Shantanu, a great devotee of Sri Hari, he performed the last five days of fasting in Kartik month. Seeing love and devotion of Bhishma Deva, Sri Krishna gave him a boon that last five days of Kartik would be named after him and Sri Krishna agreed to bless devotees with pure devotion if they would follow austerities in these last five days of Kartik.

One should take a bath three times in the holy river or pond before offering tarpana to Bhishma Dev. If one is unable to take bath in holy river then one can take a bath normally at home by chanting “GANGE” three times before bathing.

Tarpana – Before offering tarpana, one should put Brahmin thread backwards (if applicable) and water should be taken in both hands. The mantra should be chanted and then the water should be offered both the hands to the right and downwards by tilting so that the water flows down the right thumb. This is a way of offering oblations to the forefathers. This has to be done during Bhishma panchak for Bhishma dev.

Tarpana Mantra –

om vaiyaghra padya gotraya

samkrti pravaraya ca

aputraya dadamyetat

salilam bhismavarmane .

Arghya Mantra –


santanoratmajaya ca

arghyam dadami bhismaya

ajanma brahmacarine.

Pranam Mantra –

om bhismah santanavo birah

satyavadi jitendriyah


putrapautrocitam kriyam

Note –One has to offer tarpana three times a day.


By following all these vows during Bhishma Panchak, one gets a benefit of fasting all four months of chatur maas.A special offering to Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan During BhishmaPanchak. Following to be offered to deities during Bhishma panchak as described in “GARUD PURANA”.

DAY 1 – One must offer the flower PADMA (lotus) to the feet of lord.

DAY 2 – One must offer BILVA (wood-apple) leaves to the thighs of the lord.

DAY 3 – One must offer GANDHA (scents) to the lord’s navel.

DAY 4 – One must offer a JAVA flower to the shoulder of the lord.

DAY 5 – One must offer MALATI FLOWER the the head (sirodesa) of the lord.

If you don’t have flowers you can offer them mentally to lord sri hari.

Every little austerity or charity performed during this period gets magnified many times. we can donate on the name of our ancestors or on the name of our family members in nearby ISKCON temples . 

Glories of Chanting – 

Even if one is not able to perform all such austerities then one should chant more rounds of mahamantra 





it has been describes in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (12.3.51-52) – 

kaler doṣa-nidhe rājann      asti hy eko mahān guṇaḥ 

kīrtanād eva kṛṣṇasya         mukta-saṅgaḥ paraṁ vrajet 

kṛte yad dhyāyato viṣṇuṁ   tretāyāṁ yajato makhaiḥ 

dvāpare paricaryāyāṁ         kalau tad dhari-kīrtanāt 

“The most important factor in this Age of Kali, which is an ocean of faults, is that one can be free from all contamination and become eligible to enter the kingdom of God simply by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra. The self-realization that was achieved in the Satya millennium by meditation, in the Tretā millennium by the performance of different sacrifices, and in the Dvāpara millennium by the worship of Lord Kṛṣṇa can be achieved in the Age of Kali simply by chanting the holy names, Hare Kṛṣṇa.” 

In BG 10.25 Krishna said, “of all the sacrifices he is chanting of mahamantra (japa).” 

                                              “CHANT HARE KRISHNA 

                                               AND BE HAPPY

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