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In Mahabharata, there is a mention of Bhisma defeating Parashuram in a battle that ensued over Bhisma not accepting Amba as his wife even after requested by Parashuram himself. This seems to be ridiculous as Parashuram is an incarnation of Vishnu, while, Bhisma was more or less a human being. So, how can a human being become more powerful than a Godly incarnation?

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  • Parashurama wasn't defeated in battle, he voluntarily put his weapons down at the request of his ancestors, because Bhishma was destined to be killed by Arjuna; see my answer here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/2178/36 Jun 5 '15 at 16:36
  • @Keshav: But, I have read that during the fight, Bhisma invoked a weapon, to which Parashuram was not capable of countering. Then, divine voice asked both the fighters to stop. Jun 8 '15 at 15:29
  • No, that Mahabharata chapter doesn't say Parashurama was incapable of countering it. Jun 9 '15 at 13:49
  • @Keshav: I the Mahabharata serial, it was shown that Parashurama was actually incapable of countering that weapon. Jun 10 '15 at 6:29
  • I think that's just artistic license on the creator's part; the Mahabharata chapters I quoted in my answer don't say Parashurama was incapable of countering the Prashwapastra. TV serials are known for taking license in the story. Jun 10 '15 at 8:54

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