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Lesser Known Facts About Parashuram

By: Sneha A

The great Parashuram, who is known to be the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was born to a Bramhin saptarishi sage Jamadagni and his wife Renuka.

Born in the Treta-yuga, he is one of the seven immortals known in Hinduism. Even though he was a Bramhin by birth, he possessed the aggression and courage of a Kshatriya, this got him the name of 'Brahma-Kshatriya’.

He was extremely skilled in methods of warfare, so much so that he solely killed all the corrupt warriors on earth for 21 times.

The word 'Parashu’ means 'axe’, and thus this translates the name of the Lord Parashuram as 'the axe-bearing Ram’.

The Story Behind Parashurama Beheading His Mother

The legends state that Parashuram went on killing every single Kshatriya that came in his way till there were none left.

This caused him to be shunned by the rest of the Bramhins, for he had violated the norms of lifestyle for sages and was tainted by the murders.

Many such unknown facts about Parashuram still lay hidden in the legends of the Hindu mythology. Read further to know more of these little known facts about Parashuram.


1. Birthplace Of Lord Parashuram:

The birthplace of the great Lord Parashuram is said to be Renuka tirth. It has also been mentioned that his lineage took place in the modern day Maheshwar. His father, rishi Jamadagni, was a direct descendent of Lord Bramha.


2. Was Named Rambhadra At Birth:

Before his birth, both his parents meditated for the blessings of Lord Shiva. This led them to have the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu as their fifth son, whom they named ‘Rambhadra' at birth.


3. His Celestial Weapon:

Even at a very young age Parashuram bore great interest in weapons. He went through a severe penance to please Lord Shiva, who finally granted him with a boon of a celestial axe. However, this only happened after he proved himself worthy of it, for which Lord Shiva himself became his spiritual master. After receiving this celestial weapon, he came to be known as ‘Parashuram'.


4. Battle Between His Master And Him:

The great Lord Shiva challenged Parashuram to test his warfare skills. A fierce battle took place between the master and disciple that lasted for 21 days.


5. Lord Shiva Pleased With Parashuram's Warfare Skills:

During the battle, while avoiding the trident of the great Lord, Parashuram attacking Lord Shiva struck him with his axe on his forehead. Seeing this Lord Shiva was extremely pleased, as his disciple had mastered the art of warfare. He embraced the wound and preserved it to assure his disciple's reputation eternally and came to be known as ‘Khand-Parashu' since then.


6. Parashuram's Story Of Being An Obedient Son:

Lord Parashuram's mother, Renuka, was an extremely devoted wife, so much so that the power of her faith allowed her to fetch water in an unbaked clay. Sadly, one day while filling up the pot, she saw a gandharva's chariot passing from the sky and just for a moment she was filled with desire. As a result, the pot melted away in the river. Her husband on becoming aware of this, through his yogic powers, in rage asked his sons to kill her with an axe. None except Lord Parashuram did the task. He beheaded his mother and the four brothers, as asked by his father. Later, his father asked him for two boons and thus he asked for the lives of his mother and brothers back, which was granted to him by his father.

Read more about: faith, mysticism
Story first published: Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 14:45 [IST]
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