|Axe in Scriptures-1|
Axe in Hindu Scriptures-1
Axe has been vanishing much from the field today from the modern world as well as from India, because whatever the axe did in past days, machines are doing it today. The main use of axe in ancient days was to size woods removing bark and outer inferior wood of trees and preparing fire wood. People took their axe to forest, cut the wood and bring it to their home putting it on their head. Those people were called woodcutter. Besides, there are many types of axe, many sayings about axe, and many uses of axe. We have many references of axe in our scriptures also, you must be wondering, how? let us see... Along with the scriptural references, here is given a very common story too about axe.
(1) Parashuraam With His Axe
Parashuraam Jee got his axe from Shiv Jee after performing long austerities. It was this axe from which he emptied this Prithvi from Kshatriya 21 times. There are very few temples for Parashuraam. One temple is at Tiruvallam near Trivendram in Kerala.
(2) Parashuraam Created Kerala With His Axe
Another popular legend would have it that the land crust that forms the State was raised from the depths of the ocean. After killing all Kshatriya of Prithvi, at one moment Parashuraam Jee felt painful regret for the wanton annihilation he had wrought. He offered severe penance atop the mountain heights. In a mood of profound atonement, the sage heaved his mighty axe into the midst of the distant ocean. The waves foamed and frothed as a axe-shaped land, extending from Gokarn to Kanyaa Kumaaree. surfaced from the depths of the sea to form the state Kerala and hence the sobriquet - "Gods own Country". He made/worshipped at the 108 Shiv Kshetra all over the South Western coast of India, of which 105 exist in modern Kerala, followed by one in Sucheendram, Tamilnaadu, two in Karnaatak namely Kollur and Gokarn. These temples have special sanctity.
(3) Satyavaan-Saavitree Legend
(4) Kaali Daas and His Axe
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/9/09
Updated on 10/03/13