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Can a Brahmana raise a war or kill someone?

The Brahmins can indeed raise war in times of emergencies or when their life is endangered or when the situation demands so. The Shastras clearly allow it. Manu Smriti ,Chapter 8,Sloka 348,says: ...
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Anshavatar and Purnavatar - are there different types of avatars?

Yes, It certainly has a scriptural basis and there are such types of Avatars. Narada says in Garga Samhita - Goloka Khanda - First Chapter श्रीबहुलाश्व उवाच - कतिधा श्रीहरेर्विष्णोरवतारो ...
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What is the story of Lord Parashurama getting his axe from Lord Shiva?

The story of Lord Parashurama receiving axe from Lord Shiva is described in Brahmanda Purana. It is described in part 2 chapter 24: "Penance of Parashurama; His acquisition of the knowledge of ...
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Did Parashurama perform any expiation for killing his mother?

After Killing his mother Renuka, Parasurama asked some of his wishes to his father. One of the wish is that he(Parasurama) might not be affected by any sin for killing his mother. Along with this wish,...
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Anshavatar and Purnavatar - are there different types of avatars?

I don't know whether there are concepts of Kalas or something like that in Avatars. The only place in Padma Purana which I have found compares Avatars as: Padma Purana Uttarkhanda Chapter 229 40-...
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Do we have any preaching or works of Lord Parashurama?

"Parshurama Kalpa Sutras" is one of his great works. Bhagwan Parshurama was devotee of Shiva.He has made a great contribution to srIvidhyA upAsana and Tantra by writing Parshurama Kalpa ...
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Is Lord Parashurama affected by Anger Rasa?

I'm answering this question from general perspective and not being specific to Lord Parashurama. It is because other incarnations of Lord Vishnu also show anger many times. For eg. Lord Rama ...
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Did Chaitanya ever meet Parashurama?

Yes, here is what the Chaitanya Charitamrita says: At Durvaśana Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu visited the temple of Lord Rāmacandra, and on the hill known as Mahendra-śaila He saw Lord Paraśurāma. Here ...
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Krishna said in Bhagawad Gita that He is Rama among the weapon wielders. Whom was He referring to Rama (or) Parasurama?

Adi Sankaracharya in his Bhagavad Gita Bhashyam says रामः शस्त्रभृताम् अहं शस्त्राणां धारयितृृणां दाशरथी रामः अहम् । rāmaḥ śastrabhṛtām ahaṃ śastrāṇāṃ dhārayitṛṛṇāṃ dāśarathī rāmaḥ aham । I am Rama ...
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Why couldn't Parashurama recognize Rama as Vishnu's avatar during the breaking of the Shiva dhanush (bow)?

Although Lord Parashuram is still living incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is not full incarnation as Rama and Krishna.. To be called Bhagwan (God) one should possess these six qualities as per Vishnu ...
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How can Narasimha & Vamana Avatars happen before Parashuram?

The resolution is simple: Kashyapa is a Chiranjeevi, so he was alive before the time of Narasimha, and he continued to be alive in the time of Parashurama. Here is what the Harivamsa says: In ...
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If Lord Parashurama really cursed Karna, how could he launch Brahmastra on Arjuna twice?

TL;DR: Karṇa was not cursed either by the brāhmaṇa or by Paraśurāma. Karṇa's chariot wheel was not even stuck in the battlefield. The battle between the two greats Arjuna and Karṇa on the 17th day of ...
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Why did Lord Parshurama kill the Kshatriya kings?

Story of Parashurama is mentioned in many Puranas and in the Mahabharata. I'm quoting a section of the Chapter 116 and 117 of the Vana Parva of Mahabharata. Parashurama was the son of Rishi ...
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Anshavatar and Purnavatar - are there different types of avatars?

Part 1 Are there different types of avatars: anshavatar (partial incarnation), purnavatar (complete incarnation) etc.? Yes it does have a scriptural basis but the numbers are not really the same. ...
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What was the role of caste in the way Parshurama & Pandavas treated Karna?

Parshurama did not refuse Karna because he was a Suta but because a Suta is part Kshatriya. Manu Smriti Chapter X mentions who a Suta is: From a Kshatriya by the daughter of a Brahmana is born (a son ...
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Who was Akritavrana, the follower & witness of Parshurama's actions?

Akritavrana is the son of the sage Shanta. He was rescued from a tiger by Parashurama, back before the major events of Parashurama's life like Kartavirya Arjuna killing Jamadagni and killing the ...
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Is there a text explaining the full story of Lord Parasurama?

Not a specific text dedicated completely but there is a section called Bharagava Charitam from Brahmanda Purana which talks about Parashu Rama. Chapter 22 to Chapter 47 of Upodghata Pada deals with ...
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Is Lord Parashurama's axe Pashupatastra?

No, Lord Parashuramas axe is not Pashupatastra. As described in this chapter of Anushashana Parva, Upamanyu describes Pashupatastra and axe separately which were present in the hands of Mahadeva: ...
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Why wasn't Parashurama supposed to act like a Kshatriya anymore?

Well since you have asked from the perspective of the character let me try and explain from what I understand of Parshurama's life - His story does not begin with his birth. The difficult decisions he ...
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Leftover Kshatriyas after Lord Parashurama's genocide

In this chapter of the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhumidevi goddess of the Earth tells the sage Kashyapa about the Kshatriyas who have survived: There are, O, regenerate one, some foremost of ...
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Where did Parashurama teach Dronacharya & Karna?

The scriptures mention that Parashurama gifted the entire earth to Prajapati Kashyap and retired to the Mahendra mountains. As mentioned in the Canto 9 of Shrimad Bhagavatam: SB 9.16.26: Lord ...
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Krishna said in Bhagawad Gita that He is Rama among the weapon wielders. Whom was He referring to Rama (or) Parasurama?

ParashurAma seems the right interpretation. BG 10.31 - Of the purifiers I am air; among the wielders of weapons I am Rama. Among fishes, too, I am the shark; I am Ganga among rivers. This has a ...
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If Lord Parashurama really cursed Karna, how could he launch Brahmastra on Arjuna twice?

This is what Mahabharata says: Unto the cheerless and trembling Karna, prostrated with joined hands upon earth, that foremost one of Bhrigu's race, smiling though filled with wrath, answered, '...
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Which scripture mentions Lord Parshurama was born on Akshaya Tritiya?

Uttarakalamrita mentions that Lord Parshurama was born on Akshaya Tritiya. The auspicious day known as Tretadi or beginning of the Treta Yuga, or when the birth of Parasurama is celebrated is the 3rd ...
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Where does Bhagwan Parshuram live at present?

It seems that Parashurama is currently living and meditating in the Mahendragiri mountains. As for where and what the Mahendragiri mountains are: These mountains are alluded to in both the Mahabaratha ...
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The formation of Parashurama Kshetra

The Brahmanda Purana discusses the story of how Parasurama reclaimed the land from Varuna. In Chapter 57 of Upodghāta-pāda of Brahmanda Purana. The sages who had their homes in Gokarna visited ...
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