Each planet in Jyotisha is associated with an avatar of Shri hari Vishnu in Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra. Why is Shukra Graha or Venus associated with the avatar of Shri hari Vishnu Parashurama?

रामोऽवतारः सूर्यस्य चन्द्रस्य यदुनायकः। नृसिंहो भूमिपुत्रस्य बुद्धः सोमसुतस्य च॥ ५॥

वामनो विबुधेज्यस्य भार्गवो भार्गवस्य च। कूर्मो भास्करपुत्रस्य सैंहिकेयस्य सूकरः॥ ६॥

केतोर्मीनावतारश्च ये चान्ये तेऽपि खेटजाः ...


5-7. From Surya the incarnation of Rama, from Chandra that of Krishna, from Mangala that of Narasimha, from Budha that of Buddha, from Guru that of Vamana, from Shukra that of Parashurama, from Shani that of Kurma (Tortoise), from Rahu that of Varaha (Pig) and from Ketu that of Meena (Fish) occurred. All other incarnations than these also are through the Grahas. The beings with more Paramatmamsa are called divine beings.

  • Can you explain "from shani that of kurma and from Rahu that of Varaha. Because varaha avatar happened before rahu was there. Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 9:17
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    Good question, but thats what Sage Parashara says, I think he is talking about the Rahu energy rather than a physical manifestation, which is independent of the timeframe. Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 9:43

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Shukra Graha or Venus is associated with spiritual ecstasy. This quality is very close to the character of Parashurama as explained by Shri PVR Rao in his video lectures:

Parashurama was born to the sage Jamadagni. Jamadagni had a divine cow called KamaDhenu. The king KartaVirya wanted the wanted the cow for himself and took it by force. Parashurama, enraged by this, killed the king using his axe and killed all the warrior clan that belonged to the king.

In another incident, Jamadagni asks Parashurama to kill his mother. His mother, Renuka was a devoted wife and used to go everyday to get water from the river. One day, a few Gandharvas were visiting the river and some temptation arose in her. The sage Jamadagni found this out due to his yogic powers and asked Parashurama to kill her. Parashurama, being very obedient to his father, went ahead and killed his mother, without any delay. Being very pleased with this, his father asked him what he wanted. Parashurama asked for a boon to bring her mother back to life.

Here is the symbolic meaning explained in the lecture:

Jamadagni represents the burning fire of Sadhana. When the spiritual fire becomes strong, it gives rise to spiritual ecstasy (Parashurama). Spiritual ecstasy (Parashurama) can only rise in one, when the arrogance has been killed and purified. Here, the king KritaViraya, represents the arrogance born out of brave deeds. When such ecstasy rises, it kills and purifies and relative temptations arising due to Maya (which is represented by Parashurama's mother). Also, such ecstasy, kills and purifies all the kshatriya qualities in one like revenge, anger etc. (represented by killing the warrior clan of the king KritaVirya).

Also, the merciless nature of Parashurama, represents the Rajasic nature of Shukra Graha in its dealings.

PS: The above is not a word-to-word translation of the excerpt. For original lecture, see this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1McGPZvC2Uo

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    Are Pvr Rao & the author of the Jagannatha Hora software the same person?
    – Rickross
    Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 11:05
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    Yes, indeed, he is an IIT Madras alumnus too Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 12:59
  • If Shukragraha is associate with comforts, beauty, female nature, wealth and luxury is it possible to connect this feature to Parashurama avatar also? Commented Oct 22, 2021 at 13:15

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