Who is Parshurama? Why did Lord Vishnu take Parshurama Avatar?
Parshurama was the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. He was born to the Brahman Sage Jamadagni and the princess Renuka, one of the Saptarishis. Though he was born in the Brahmin family, he carried Khatriya traits like aggressiveness, warfare and valour. Hence he is known as “Brahmin-Kshatriya”.
Parshurama is also known as immortal, who fought back the advancing ocean which was going to hit the lands of Kokan and Malabar. That area between Karnataka and Maharashtra is known as “Parshuramkshetra”. And according to some legends, it is believed that Parshurama still lives at Mahendragiri Mountain Peak in Orissa.
Reason why Lord Vishnu incarnated as Parshurama was to help Mother Earth to get rid of sinful and destructive monarchs that neglected their duties. Once King Kartavirya forcefully tried to take away his father’s magical cow Kamdhenu. Being so angry he killed King Kartavirya and his entire army. In revenge the King’s son killed Jamadagni in Parshuram’s absence. Furious and hurt, Parshuram killed all the male Kshatriyas on earth 21 times and filled five lakes with their blood.
In Kalki Purana, it is mentioned that Parshuram still resides on the earth. It states that Parshuram will be the martial Guru of Kalki, Who is going to be the last avatar of Lord Vishnu.
|| Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata
Abhyutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srjamy aham
Paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskritam
Dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge ||