Thursday, May 1, 2014

Parshuram Jayanti - Recall The Symbol Of Strength & Morality

Today, i.e April 21, 2015, is Parshuram Jayanti, the birthday of Lord Parshuram, who was the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Popularly known as Ram with axe, Parshuram is the symbol of strength, knowledge, and morality. Let’s unveil some really interesting facts of Parshuram’s life, with this article.

Parshuram Jayanti is celebrated to honor Lord Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Parshuram Jayanti is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Parashuram, who is popularly known as the sixth manifestation (Avtar) of Lord Vishnu. Born in a Brahmin family, Parshuram was the fifth son of saint Jamadagni and Renuka. With a well built physique, he was a man of strength and immense power. With his devotion and Tapasya (Penance), Parshuram pleased Lord Shiva. As a result, Shiva gave him an axe to be used as his powerful weapon. Being a great warrior, Parshuram lived and stood for the rights of humanity, throughout his life. It is said that the day of Parshuram Jayanti is so pious that, any work done on this day yields fruitful results. So, it won’t be wrong to say that Parshuram Jayanti is the day when you can undertake any task, new venture or auspicious activity.

What Does Parshuram Means?

The term Parshu means ‘axe’ and Rama symbolizes Lord Ram. Therefore, combining this terms together means, Lord Ram with axe.

When Is Parshuram Jayanti Celebrated?

As per the western calendar, Parshuram Jayanti falls in the month of May. Hindu calendar celebrates this day on the third day of the bright half of the Vaishakh month.

Mythological Episodes Associated With Lord Parshuram

Let’s discuss in brief one of the very famous legend associated with the birth of Lord Parshuram.

As per the story given in Harivansh Puran, once there was a city known as ‘Mahishmati Nagri’. The ruler of the city was Kartavirya Arjuna, who was a cruel king. Distressed by his torture, once Goddess Earth went to seek help from Lord Vishnu. On this, Lord Vishnu consoled her saying that he would end the Kshatriyas kingdom after taking birth as the son of saint Jamadagni. Keeping his words, the lord took birth in Jamadagni’s home and incarnated as Lord Parshuram to end the Kshatriya kingdom.

Parshuram Jayanti Celebrations

Parshuram Jayanti is celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm by the Hindu community. This is one of the major days for the Hindu people and therefore, to celebrate Parshuram Jayanti, following activities are done on this day:

  1. Devotees organize Parshuram Shobha Yatra in the honor of Lord Parshuram.
  2. Havan, Satsang and Kathas are also.
  3. Bhandars are also organized to serve people with Prasad (sacred food) and other food items.
  4. To honor Lord Parshuram, fast is also observed by some people.
  5. Devotional programs are witnessed in many regions in devotion of Lord Vishnu

So, this was all about Parshuram Jayanti and the journey of Parshuram’s life. We hope that this article have helped you in knowing a lot more about Lord Parshuram.

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