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Santanu’s boon to Bhishma

Santanu married Satyavati. Although Satyavati was about his own age, Bhishma was devoted to her as a son to his mother. Santanu was greatly pleased by Bhishma’s action. Having acquired powers through austerity, Santanu gave a boon to his son. He could choose the time of his own death. This made Bhishma invincible.
Out of the union of Santanu and Satyavati were born two sons, Chitrangada and Vichitravirya. On Santanu’s death, Chitrangada succeeded to the throne. He was a headstrong monarch, fond of wars, who did not last long. After a three-year battle with the Gandharvas, a heavenly tribe whose king bore his name, Chitrangada lost his life while fighting. He was not married and had left no issues.


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