Biographies | Rishi
1. Birth of Parashuraam
Both had very hot arguments. Then in the end Raam had to intervene - "Whoever has broken the bow, He must have been one of your servants only. So please forgive Him." But Parashuraam Jee was adamant, he said - "If you have broken this bow then try my bow also, if you can pull its string." Raam agreed. But as Parashuraam Jee was to give his bow to Raam, he was surprised to see that it went to Him itself. Then Parashuraam Jee knew that He was Raam, Vishnu's Avataar. He bowed to Him and went away after blessing Him. [He knew that his Avataar period was at end, so he went to Mahendra Parvat to do Tap.]
Besides Parashuraam Jee was the enemy of Kshatriya, so Dasharath was scared lest he kills any of his sons. Dasharath Jee said - "Please spare the lives of my sons, because you have abandoned killing Kshatriya and now live on Mahendra Parvat, after donating Prithvi to Kashyap Jee. Why are you angry to destroy me? Because if Raam will be killed, nobody will remain alive among us."
But Parashuraam Jee didn't pay any attention to Dasharath and said to Raam - "Whichever two great bows Vishwaamitra Jee built with great labor, you have already broken one of them, that was Shiv Jee's bow. But this bow's string cannot be pulled by everybody. This is Vaishnav bow, it kills enemies. Vishnu got it from Devtaa and it is like Shiv's bow. Vishnu gave this bow to Richeek Muni, my grandfather, he gave to his son - Maharshi Jamadagni (my father), and my father gave it to me. If you are able to pull its string then I will fight with you."
Raam said - "Whatever you did, you did right, but you are insulting me being Kshatriya and considering me weak, so test my bravery and might. I can annihilate all opponents with this. Tell Me whether I should destroy all the planets that you have acquired by your penance or if I should arrest your movement in the sky?" Becoming totally powerless and bewildered, Parashuraam Jee said - "I have given the whole earth in charity to Kashyap Rishi. Since then, I do not stay on the Earth at night. Therefore, please do not stop my movement in the sky. You may destroy all the planets acquired by my penance.” Shree Raam then destroyed all the planets acquired by Parashuraam. After being worshipped in this way by Raam, Parashuraam Jee set off for Mahendra Mountain.
In the Bhakti Ratnaakar of Shree Narahari Chakravartee Öhakura, Parashuraam’s residence is mentioned as being in Kasmyak Van (Kaamyak Van is 1 of the 12 forests of Vraj Mandal). It also mentions that Mahaaprabhu set his lotus feet at the birthplace of Parashuraam in Renuka village at Agra Van, just before His arrival at Gokul (Vraj Mandal), during his traveling from Prayaag.
Then Raam pulled the string of Jaamdagnikaa named bow of Parashuraam Jee. Raam again said - "You are Braahman that is why you are respectable to us, besides you are the nephew (sister's son) of our Guru Vishwaamitra Jee, that is also why we respect you, but this is my intent to destroy your power to go to any Lok got by Tapasyaa. This arrow is Divine and destroys all pride."
Parashuraam in Mahaabhaarat
Parashuraam, Ambaa and Bheeshm
When Ambaa had come to Hastinaapur, she appealed to Satyavatee that since she loved Shaalv Prince, she could not marry Vichitraveerya. All agreed and she was sent back to Shaalv Prince with respect. But Shaalv prince refused to accept her on the basis that he did not accept any lost thing (as he had already lost her to Bheeshm). She came back to Hastinaapur and told her whole story and blamed Bheeshm for all this. Vichitraveerya asked her what she wanted now. She told that she wanted to marry Bheeshm. But Bheeshm was vow-bound. he could never marry her, at this she got very angry and said - "You have insulted me that is why I will be the cause of your death whether I will have as many births as needed." And she went away from there.
Now Ambaa had to take revenge from Bheeshm so she went to her maternal grandfather Hotravaahan to help her in punishing Bheeshm because he did not marry her. Hotravaahan suggested her to go to Parashuraam as he was Bheeshm's Guru and he could not have disobeyed his Guru. So Ambaa went to Parashuraam Jee and told him her problem. Parashuraam Jee did not know anything about Bheeshm's vow and the real case of Ambaa, so he said - "Yes, You are right, if he has brought you from the Swayamvar he should have married you. Let me see, how he does not marry you?"
He called Bheeshm and asked him to marry her. Although Bheeshm explained him the real situation, still he did not listen to him and challenged him to fight with him. Both fought for 23 days. It was a long and equal combat between the two, as Parashuraam was immortal and Bheeshm had Ichchhaa Mrityu Var from his father Shaantanu so there was no way that they could easily settle their battle without quitting. So Parashuraam Jee said to Ambaa - "I have done all I could, now you leave yourself on the mercy of Bheeshm."
Parashuraam and Krishn
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 05/25/13