THE CORRECTOR OF COSMIC EQUILIBRIUM
CELEBRATING BIRTH OF PARSHURAMA JAYANTI
Believed to be the sixth ‘avatar’ of Lord Vishnu, was born to Sage Jamadagni and his Kshatriya wife, Renuka. Kannada folklore often refers to Parshuram as a son of Yellamma. His birth anniversary is observed as Parshuram Jayanti, which falls on the third day of the Full Moon phase or Shukla Paksha in the month of Vaishakh and coincides with Akshaya Tritiya this year.
Observed with zest at all places wherever his followers are based, Parshuram Jayanti is dedicated to deity Lord Parshuram, who as per the Hindu scriptures still continues to live on Earth unlike other gods. He is often portrayed as a man with matted locks and equipped with arms, particularly an axe. As per legend, supposed to be rooted in the ancient conflict between the Brahmin varna and the Kshatriya varna, Lord Parshuram’s father Jamadagni owned a cow named Surabhi that gave them all they desired. A king Kartavirya Arjuna wanted the cow and asked sage Jamadagni to give it to him, but the latter refuses, causing the king to take it away by force, which causes Parshurama to challenge and defeat the king in a battle.
The ensuing war between him and the warrior class results in the extermination of the latter. As per mythology, he is expected to make an appearance at the end of the Kali yuga to be the guru of Vishnu’s tenth and last avatar, Kalki. Another legend credits Parshurama with the origin of the West Coast by throwing his battle axe into the sea, making the West Coast rise. The location is said to be on Salher Fort, the highest bastion n Maharashtra in Baglan taluka of Nashik district. The fort also houses a temple dedicated to Parshurama on its summit.
A temple dedicated to Lord Parshuram situated in Canacona in South Goa district, which is a part of the Konkan. Lord Parshuram’s birth anniversary is said to be an auspicious day for launching new business ventures. His devotees commemorate the day with fasting from morning till evening and worshipping Lord Vishnu. Tulsi leaves, flowers, kumkum, chandan and sweets are offered to Lord Vishnu on this occasion. Besides this Lord Parshuram’s followers also perform charitable acts including distribution of food, clothing and other essentials among the needy.