Story when Amba failed to use Kartikeya’s garland to kill Bhishma

Amba performed austerities and pleased Kartikeya, the god of war and Shiva’s son. He granted her a garland of ever-fresh lotuses and declared that whoever wore it will destroy Bhishma. With this garland, Amba made one more attempt to seek help of many kings and princes to support her in her just cause. However, there was no response from anyone of them to help her as they did not want to be on the wrong side of Bhishma. In a final effort she approached Drupada but even he declined; in frustration she cast the garland off on a pillar outside Drupada’s palace and went for austerities in the forest again. While Amba kills herself, no one dares to touch the garland.

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