Everybody knows the story of Bhishma Pitamaha lying on a bed of arrows during the Mahabharat war ..... but why did Arjuna arrange a bed of arrows for him is something not known by many ..... Here is the reason according to puranas .....
Pandav prince Arjuna had released a volley of arrows. The hundreds of arrows punctured every limb of Bhisma Pitamah’s body - his hands, his legs, his trunk, his thighs - till the grandsire fell like a giant Banyan tree falls in the middle of the forest.
But despite beign pierced by so many arrows, he had a different fate awaiting him instead of death! Why was that?
Bhoomi Devi (the earth) would not accept him, for he had lived too long – over four generations instead of just two.
Akasha (the sky) would not accept him because he had not fathered children and thus repaid his debt to ancestors.
As Arjuna pierced his body with arrows, Bheesma cried: "My son, the earth will not accept my body, for I am too heavy for her lap. The skies will not accept me since I have not produced children and have thus committed a sin."
He then pleaded with Arjuna: "Now that you are on your path of Dharma, do mercy to my withered body in such a way that I belong neither to the earth nor to the sky.
Thus did Arjuna place him above the earth and below the sky by suspending him on a bed of arrows...
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