Bhishma recounts the story in the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata, but first some background. Bhishma was the son of Shantanu, king of Hastinapura, and the goddess Ganga. But Ganga abandoned Shantanu, and Shantanu later fell in love with a woman named Satyavati. But Satyavati's (adopted) father Matsyagandha, the chief of a fisherman tribe, wouldn't ...
Apparently the Mahabharata tells the story of Parashurama twice - once in the Vana Parva as I linked to in my question, but also once in the this chapter of the Shanti Parva. And it's the second version that has the answer to my question. It looks like after Kashyapa got control of the earth, Bhumidevi the goddess of the earth told Kashyapa to install ...
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:
8.348. Twice-born men may take up arms when (they are) hindered (in the fulfilment of their duties, when destruction (threatens) the
twice-born castes (varna) ...
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 astras". You can download this book here. Here is how Brahmanda Purana narrates the event:
Having traversed thus all over the earth at the behest of god ...
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 is what Srila Prabhupada says about this verse:
In Durvaśana, or Darbhaśayana (now known as Tiruppullani), which is seven miles east of Ramnad, there is a ...
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, Parasurama's father Jamadagni granted all wishes asked by Parasurama. Thus Parasurama is unaffected by the sin for killing his mother and hence there is no ...
There are only 7 Cheerenjivi's (the eternal Beings) out of which one is lord Parshurama.
See following for all names
अश्वत्थामाबलिर्व्यासोहनुमांश्च विभीषण:कृपश्चपरशुरामश्च सप्तैतेचिरंजीविन:
Also Lord Parshurama is an Avatar of Lord Vishnu and his every avatar has a specified work to do in it's whole life span out of which Parshurama was the one with a life ...
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 the course of time the eternal Kashyapa begat all created beings on Daksha's daughters.
And this chapter of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata shows that ...
Vishvamitra as a Brahmarshi could easily deal with these demons, or call upon Parasurama or Vasishtha to deal with them. The reason for Vishvamitra himself not using his powers is given by himself in the 19th Sarga of Balakanda:
"It would not behove me to release my anger, and curse them, while under such rituals and vows, O King." (Balakanda, Sarga 19, ...
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 भवत्यलम् ।
साधूनां रक्षणार्थं हि कृपया वद मां प्रभो ॥ १५ ॥
Bahulāśva says - To protect the pious ones how many avatars did Sri
Vishnu take, please kindly ...
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 ...
Adi Sankaracharya in his Bhagavad Gita Bhashyam says
रामः शस्त्रभृताम् अहं शस्त्राणां धारयितृृणां दाशरथी रामः अहम् ।
rāmaḥ śastrabhṛtām ahaṃ śastrāṇāṃ dhārayitṛṛṇāṃ dāśarathī rāmaḥ aham ।
Swami Dayananda Saraswati explains the Sankara's commentary to this sloka as
Among those who wield weapons, I am Rama who is an avatara of Visnu
himself. The avatara ...
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 becomes very angry with ocean when ocean doesn't come to adress prayer of Rama. (Valmiki Ramayana VI.21)
Lord Nrisimha is also very angry with Hiranyakashipu:...
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 Jamadagni and Renuka.
There was once a King named Kartavirya Arjuna of the Haihaya dyanasty. Rishi Jamadagni and Renuka offered hospitality to Kartavirya Arjuna and ...
Yes. According to Kalki Purana, Parasurama will teach Vedas to Lord Kalki who is upcoming Avatar of Lord Vishnu during transition times of Kali Yuga and Satya Yuga.
suta uvdca tato vastum gurukule yantam kalkim ninksya sah mahendradn
sthito ramah samaniya asramam prabhuh
Suta Gosvami said: Thereafter, Lord Kalki went to live at the
gurukula. Upon ...
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 called) according to his caste (gati) a Suta; from a Vaisya by females of the royal and the Brahmana (castes) spring a Magadha and a Vaideha.
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 kings of the world and all that. He has followed Parashurama ever since. Here is how this excerpt from the Brahmanda Purana describes it:
As he proceeded ahead,...
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 the narrative of Bharagava Rama i.e., Parashu Rama.
This section deals the story before Ramayana. It ends with Parashurama gifting earth to Kashyapa.
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 Purana
aiśvaryasya samagrasya dharmasya yaśasariśrayaḥ
jñānavairāgyayoścaiva ṣaṇṇāṃ bhaga itīraṇā [VP - 6.5.74]
Complete splendor, virtue, ...
The answer to your question can be found by scrutinising the Gita verses on Varna.
I am posting the relevant Gita verses on varna:
O great hero! The duties of Brahmanas, Ksatriyas, Vaisyas and also
Sudras have been divided according to the quality born of their own
nature. [Gita 18.41]
Serenity, control of the sense, austerity,
Parashurama is considered an incarnation of Vishnu and so is Dattatreya. If you mean spiritual guidance or salvation then you might have heard from Tripura Rahasya.
The Tripura Rahasya (त्रिपुरा रहस्य) means The Mystery beyond the Trinity, is an ancient literary work in Sanskrit believed to have been narrated by Dattatreya to Parashurama. It is one of the ...
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:
That bow is celebrated under the name of the Pinaka and is in reality a mighty snake. Indeed, that snake of seven heads and vast body, of sharp fangs and ...
That is incorrect information. Karna was cursed because he lied, not because of anything else.
Karna was kind of 'kshatriya' (warrior). I say kind of because, even though he was born to Surya (sun-god), he was raised by a charioteer, which is what the world knew him as.
3 varnas - Brahmanas, Kshatriyas & Vaishyas - are supposed to study Vedas (whether ...
He is one of the seven immortals or Chiranjivi, of Hinduism. The Kalki Purana writes that he will re emerge at end time to be the martial guru of Kalki. He will then instruct the final avatar to undertake penance to receive celestial weaponry, required to save mankind at end time.
Bhisma had vowed to remain celibate throughout his life and not become a king. So his step brother Vichitravirya was to be the king. When Vichitravirya became of right age Bhisma started searching brides for him. The king of Kashi had three daughters namely, Amba, Ambika and Ambalika. The king announced a Swayambar where the participants had to fight in a ...
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
40-42. Thus the state of the inner-controllership of self consists in his being the innermost soul. Matsya, Kurma,Varaha, Nrisimha, Vamana, Rama, Parasurama, ...
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 Parasurama still lives as an intelligent brahmana in the mountainous country known as Mahendra. Completely satisfied, having given up all the weapons of a kshatriya, ...
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 solid back-up in MahAbhArata's Adi Parva:
Sauti said, 'Listen, O ye Brahmanas, to the sacred descriptions I utter O ye best of men, ye deserve to hear of the ...