Parshuram - The Warrior sage



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Santosh Gairola   By   santosh |  updated :   13 jan 2018

Parshuram - The Warrior sage

Legends tell about the another Legend named Parshuram.

This post will give the simple and concise history of Parshuram as the warrior sage with an amazing ax.

The first thing we need to understood that Parshuram name is associated with Ram Naam and Ram is not just a name for billion of Indians; It is the base of our identity.

Lord Rama is the seventh Avatar of Lord Vishnu and Parshuram is the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Anybody can feel the positive benefits of chanting Ram Naam on the human body in a short period of time while doing Meditation.

It acts as a great tranquilizer of pain and sorrows.

Sanatan Dharma is based on logical facts and history of Parshuram makes our belief stronger on the miracles of Ram Naam.

So Let's get started with lord Parshuram story.

It all started in Treta Yuga a major time frame mentioned in the Vedic time cycle known as Kalpa .

There was a sage named Jamadagni who was extremely talented, knowledgeable, generous and well recognized in the sage community.

Sage Jamadagni spouse Renuka was completely devoted to her husband.

Sage Jamadagni was blessed with all kind of spiritual knowledge and inner peace which turned him into the greatest devotee of Lord Shiva .

Sage Jamadagni and his wife Renuka had 6 children. Rama was elder among them.

Everday Sage Jamadagni in front of the holy fire known by the name of Yagna used to do Meditate on Shiva's name. Sage Jamadagni glory started spreading in all three realms.

Everyday Rama's mother Renuka Devi would go to the bank of the holy river Ganges so that she could collect the Ganges water.

One pleasant day when Devi Renuka took permission from her spouse Sage Jamadagni to bring water from the Ganges.

Renuka saw some Gandravas (celestial being) going through the flying vehicle.

She gets mesmerized by their charm for few moments. Meanwhile, her husband Sage Jamadagni observes that his wife Renuka never made him wait so long for holy river water for the worship of Shiva.

So taking that into consideration Sage Jamadagni uses his yoga shakti to visualize what had happened with his wife Renuka. After knowing the whole incident sage get's furious on his wife Renuka.

On the other side, Renuka gets worried that she is late to collect river water into her vessels which makes her numb that first time she got late to bring river water for Sage Jamadagni.

In the Ashrams, Sage Jamadagni calls all his sons and commands them that your mother is no longer my wife and no longer be your mother. She has lost her devotion towards me; Now I want you to decapitate her head for me and return back to Ashram.

After listening to the hard words from their father Sage Jamadagni son's get a huge shock and they refuse to accept their father command.

They reply to their father that father we gladly obey your every command but our mother is equally important to us. Hence we cannot decapitate our mother.

This makes Sage Jamadagni more furious and he lifts his Kamandal (a utensil used by sages to carry holy river water) Sage uses his Kamandal water and sprinkles few drop on his son's by cursing them to turn into rocks.

Immediately all his 6 son's turns into the statues of rocks.

Rama returns from the forest and gets shocks to see the horrible sight. He asks his father what has happened here?

Sage Jamadagni makes Rama aware of everything and now orders Rama to decapitate his mother Renuka.

Rama replies that you are greatest of all sages I will obey your command and come back to you.

Sage Jamadagni tells to Rama that Rama you are my true Son now go and kill your mother. With a heavy heart, Rama accepts the command of his father.

Rama lefts for the river bank and reaches where his mother was sitting. Rama told everything that has happened in their Ashram. Rama mother Renuka went into the Shocks and request Rama to kill her.

Rama seeks the apology from his mother and replies that Mother my brothers turned into the rocks; I have to obey my father.

Mother I m fulling your request and obeying my father command.

By saying that Rama cut off's his mother head from her body. This breaks down Rama, unable to see the sight of his dead mother.

After some time he returns to his father and tells Sage Jamadagni that he has killed his mother.

Sage Jamadagni gets delighted and happy with his son deeds so he decides to give to two boons to his son Rama. Rama meekly accepts both boons.

He asks his first boon to regain his 6 brother's in their original form and in his second boon he ask's his mother life back.

Sage get's impressed with the intelligence of Rama and love towards the family. Sage grants his both boons.

Ram runs toward the Riverbank and sees 's his mother came back to life. His mother asks Rama How I came back to life Rama? Rama replies that it is all because of the blessing of our father Sage Jamadagni.

Sage was happy to see his family back. Everything becomes normal and days getting passed happily.

Rama learned all the Vedic knowledge from his father Sage Jamadagni.

The glory of his father starts spreading in the state. Due to his devotion and reverence towards Shiva and Devas. He get's the divine cosmic Cow Kamdainu named Surabhi.

Cosmic Cow was simply blessed with divine qualities, She was able to feed a large number of people with her delicious and sweet dairy products.

One day, king of the state Kartavirya came to the nearest forest of Sage Jamadagni Ashram for hunting expedition. The hunting exercise made him and his army hungry and thirsty.

So they come to Sage Jamadagni ashram. Sage welcomes them and prepares a feast for his king and the troops of the army. King Kartavirya get's delighted by the service of the Sage Jamadagni towards him and his army.

King Kartavariya curiosity get invoked so he asks the Sage Jamadagni how he organized amazing fest in such short period of time?

Sage Jamadagni replies that he is blessed with holy cow Kamdainu named Surabhi who has the ability to feed the large army.

Due to King Kartavariya egoistic nature, he decides to take the sacred cow with him for that purpose he offers the piece of land to the Sage Jamadagni.

Sage rejects his offer by saying that he worships his Cow Kamdainu Surabhi as his mother. Now king offers gold, jewelry and pearls.

Sage Jamadagni rejects every offer of the king. And ask the king to leave the Ashram as soon as possible.

king feels humiliated. After reaching to his palace he orders his army to steal the sacred Cow Surabhi.

When Soldiers arrives to steal the Sacred Cow Kamdainu Surabhi. Sage makes them neutralize by his Yogshakti. None of the returns to the palace.

hearing the news of dead soldiers king gets furious. Now king orders to kill Sage Jamadagni. His soldiers went to the Ashrams and see Sage Jamadagni sitting in his place and meditating.

They kill the Sage Jamadagni with a sword. The news spread like a wildfire and Rama returns to the Ashram. Rama could not bear to listen his mother and brother's weeping.

Ram mother Renuka tells the Rama that these kings are heartless. They don't have any respect for anyone. They are merciless mean people.

Just because your father refused to give his Cow to them. They killed him. These kshatriyas (warrior) think that no one is equal to them.

Rama mother Renuka starts weeping again loudly and hits her hand 21 times. Rama takes the Vow to vanish the kshatriyas (warrior) 21 times from the land.

He goes to the dense forest and gets involved in hardest penance of Lord Shiva. Various seasons and years get passed but Rama penance was getting stronger and stronger.

Ram was meditating upon Lord Shiva for Shakti (the Strength) and all the war skills.

After Seeing Rama hardest penance Lord Shiva on Kailash Parvat decides to bless the Rama.

Shiva as the ultimate destroyer appears in front of the Rama and request Rama to open his eyes. Rama gets delighted to see the supreme entity, Lord Shiva in front of him.

Shiva asks Rama to take any boon in return for the hardest penance. Rama asks Lord Shiva to teach him all the war art and skills.

Shiva get's pleased and gift an ax to Rama and tells Rama that now you will be known by the name of Parshuram. Sage warrior with an Ax.

Shiva accepts Rama as his disciple and teaches the art of war.

Shiva teaches the first form of martial art to the Parshuram known as Kalaripayattu [The first form of martial art].

Then Archery, Mace, Combat, sword art


Shiva taught Kalaripayattu to Parshuram and sage Agastya.

Shiva taught two people the art of Kalaripayattu one is Parshuram another one is sage Agastya. The oldest form of martial art was spread in the world by these two sages incredible work.


After getting the ax and war skills; Parshuram reached the palace of King Kartavariya.

Parshuram Chopped everyone who so ever came in front of him with his cosmic and divine ax.

Finally, Parshuram reached to king King Kartavariya and killed him.

News of Parshuram killing King Kartavariya single-handedly spreads to the nearer kingdom.

They come to avenge king Kartavariya death.

Parshuram Kills each and every King now this scares the entire Kshatriya (warrior) community. Parshuram name fear and fame started getting spread among other kingdoms.

Parshuram vanished Kshatriya (warrior) community 21 times still his anger did not got calm down. So he decided to do the Meditation on Mahendra mountain.

One day Son of Dasaratha and Kausalya Lord Rama broke down Lord Shiva Bow in a wedding Ceremony of Goddess Sita which disturbed Parshuram concentration.

Shiva's name is so special for Parshuram so he cannot take on the breaking of Shiva's Bow.

With the speed of the storm, In few seconds Parshuram reaches the Ceremony palace from Mahendra mountain and Shouts who has broken Shiva's Bow?

Everyone get's scared to see Parshuram getting furious. Sages present over there welcomes Parshuram but Parshuram rejects their welcome and invitation and calls the person who broke Shiva Bow.

Janak Nandini daughter of great king Janak comes forward to greet Parshuram and Parshuram blesses her by saying that your Spouse will live many great years and his prominence will spread in all three words. Now tell me who is that guilty here?

Laxman, younger brother of Lord Rama get's excited and tells to Parshuram that we have broken so many bows in our child hood what's the matter here?

Parshuram get's angry and tells other sages to make Laxman quite otherwise he will kill Laxman who is an innocent young boy to him.

Parshuram tells that Boy you don't know about me. ASk your ancestors about me. No one can dare to come in front of me. So you should stay quite, I don't want to make your mother sonless.


one minute - break

People think that Parshurama and Ram had the fight but it was just a small faceoff of few moments which was later get changed into ecstatic moments.
Lord Rama comes forward and tells that Lord Shiva Bow is broken by him. Parshuram sees Rama and get's delighted by his cosmic glow, meanwhile, Sita was worried to see Parshuram and Rama faceoff.

Parshuram had ecstatic feeling to see Lord Rama

Suddenly Parshuram anger gets to calm down. Parshuram takes off Sarang Bow from his shoulder and gives to Lord Rama and ask to raise the arrow.

Lord Rama humbly accepts the Parshuram commands and holds the Bow. Seeing Lord Rama holding the weight of Sarang Bow amazes the Parshuram; he gives the arrow to the Rama's hands.

As soon as Lord Rama raises the arrow on the bow Parshuram realizes that the Rama is not an ordinary person in reality 7 avatars of Lord Vishnu.

Parshuram returns back without hurting anyone and starts Meditating on Mahendra Mountain and started taking the disciple.

Parshuram name is also mentioned in Mahabharata as Guru of greatest warrior Bhisma, DronaCharya, and Karna.

According to Sanatan Dharma, few people are immortals Like Monkey God Lord Hanuman , Ashvathama, Parshuram etc.

In the end of the Kalyuga Parshuram will emerge as the teacher of Lord Vishnu tenth avatar Kalki, and teach all the war skills and techniques to Kalki.

These skills will help Kalki to end darkness and evil from the world.

There are many things we can learn from Parshuram as
  • 1 - How to be an ideal family member.
  • 2 - How to be devoted towards our father.


Conclusion



Parshuram is Brahmin by knowledge and warrior from valour.

Parshuram is the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu and huge devotee of Lord Shiva.

Shiva blessed him his cosmic ax which made Parshuram invincible. Parshuram means Ram with an ax.

On this post, we have covered lord Parshuram story and why Parshuram killed entire kshatriya community 32 times to break their ego.

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