Vishnu Avatars like Rama and Krishna get worshipped in all main regions of India. But why doesn't Parashurama get worshipped that much? Is there some reason for it? Parashurama is the longest-serving Avatar of Vishnu. He is even said to be living in the mortal world and will train Kalki avatar. So why doesn't he get worshipped that much?

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    A thought - wouldn't you say that Rama and Krishna (and Buddha, if you want to count him) are actually the exceptions here? I mean, have you ever seen anybody worship Matsya or Kurma or Varaha or any of the other avatars of the Dashavataram? There could certainly be a deep answer as to why Parashurama isn't worshipped, but it's also possible that the answer is just "people don't worship most avatars of Vishnu, and Parashurama is no exception". (Good question, +1)
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    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 20:01
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    @AnkitSharma Where did you get the idea that Parashurama is the longest-serving avataram of Vishnu? Varaha has been on the earth for much longer. That's why the original name of Tirupati is "Adi Varaha Kshetra", because it was where Varaha was living long before Venkateshwara came, and Venkatehswara actually had to get permission from Varaha in order to live there. Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 20:24
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    @AnkitSharma Varaha is also immortal and he has lived for many more yugas than Parashurama. Parashurama has only been living for the past three yugas, the Treta Yuga, the Dwapara Yuga, and the present Kali Yuga. Varaha has been living in Tirupati since the beginning of the Kalpa (which is why it's called Shwetavaraha Kalpa), and there have been 28 Mahayugas in the Kalpa so far. So Varaha is about 37 times as old as Parashurama. Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 20:35
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    I actually vastly underestimated Varaha's age. There haven't only been 28 Mahayugas in the present Shwetavaraha Kalpa. Rather, there have been 28 Mahayugas so far in the present Vaivasvata Manvantara, and there are 14 Manvantaras in a Kalpa. (There are about 71 Mahayugas in a Manvantara, and 1000 Mahayugas in a Kalpa.) The Vaivasvata Manvantara is the 7th Manvanthara of the Shwetavaraha Kalpa. So I think Varaha is actually hundreds of times as old as Parashurama. Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 2:31
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    @Friendy Sorry, that comment was written back when I didn't know that different incarnations took place in different Mahayugas. That was before I encountered passages from the Matsya Purana and Skanda Purana that set me straight. I discuss the Matsya Purana passage in my question here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/7192/36 In any case, the correct information is that Parashurama was born in the 19th Mahayuga. That's still far younger than Varaha though. Commented Jul 31, 2015 at 13:55

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All forms are His. He promised to descend to earth to save the nobles and to punish the evil when ever required, in this process He either takes a form on His own or influence(may give power) someone to act on His behalf or He may wish to put His amsa (a part) in any being for the cause.

Each avatara is meant for different purpose and the way of worship to that deity and the return we get out of it differs among! Each deity in various forms worshiped in various ways blesses with different results! (like Ganapathy worshipped as lakshmi ganapathi, natya ganapathi, maha ganapathy, arka ganapathy...)

The rishuis (Seers) on doing exhaustive worship on a deity understands these and teaches to the fellow people whom to worship, how to worship for a specific purpose. So wrong way of worshiping may give wrong results by any deity.

Parasurama amsa(a part of avatar) is just limited to kill the evil kings, parasuram later approached lord dattatreya for liberation, parasuram is not purna(complete) avatar.

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