As, I know that, when Lord Rama broke the Shiva-Bow,and for that reason Lord Parsuram came to the hall and challenge to the Lord Rama to war with him?Did they don't know each-other before that incidence they both are Visnu avatar ? anyone have some idea about it?.

  • You might be interested in the answer to a related question here:hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/7754/… Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 8:57
  • Thanks for your reply brother, But it is totally different, my confusion is lord parsuram knew that lord rama is Vishnu avatar, before challenging him..? Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 11:04
  • @ShreeKrishna Similar questions (see this and this) were already asked regarding Rama, so I'd suggest to make this a question just about Parashurama. Else it might be closed as a duplicate. Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 16:37
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    You may be interested in my answer here.. hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/11558/…
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    Commented Jun 2, 2016 at 11:52
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    @Tezz: Thanks Tezz, you are awesome , Thanks for your effort. Commented Jun 2, 2016 at 11:54

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There are different types of avataras - purna & avesha . Source

  • purna avatara (Rama) - Lord himself
  • avesha avatara : These itself are of 2 types :
    Parashurama (all powers of Lord endowed within a jivatma)
    Kartaviryarjuna (some powers of Lord endowed within a jivatma)

These are in decreasing order of shakti, so Rama defeated Parashuram who defeated Kartiviryarjuna.

So, yes, Parashurama realized that Rama was a purna avatar after he grabbed vishnu dhanus from him, and offered all his tapas to Rama realizing that his time was over, then went for more penance in mountains.

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    You should cite sources. Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 0:29
  • @ram Do you have any source?. it is not perfect answer. Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 6:58
  • @ram, please remove your answer othewise you will get downvotes. Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 12:47
  • @ShreeKrishna, here is one source. but that is not my main source, it is the best I could find on the internet. If you know tamil, you can listen to Velukkudi Krishnan swamin's Dashavatara upanyasam, where he explains the types of avataras.
    – ram
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 21:58

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