Parshuram Jayanti is a Hindu holy annual event. Parshuram Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Lord Parshuram. Lord Parshuram is regarded as one of the Hindu deities and is the sixth avatar of one of the top three most Hindu deities Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu along with Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva from the Trinity, the top three Lords. The Sanskrit word ‘Parshu’ also spelled ‘Parzu’ means axe. Many images of Lord Parshuram show him holding an axe in his hand.
Parshuram Jayanti overlaps with another very important Hindu event of Akshaya Tritiya. Tritiya Tithi is the third day of the Shukla Paksha moon phase. Shukla Paksha is the rising phase of the moon in the lunar month’s fortnight, in the Hindu calendar month of Vaisakh. This is an auspicious day and it is believed that any important work that is started at this time, there is favorability and fortune in it. Many Astrologers and Priests often recommend natives to start any new important work, task, or event, or even journey on this day. This day is called Akshaya Tritiya.
Lord Parshuram’s parents were father Sage Jamadagni and mother Renuka. Lord Parshuram was regarded as the destroyer of the evil and bad; and though he was born a Brahmin, in a Brahmin family, he possessed and displayed the qualities of a Kshatriya. Kshatriya is the warrior caste or lineage.
Lord Parshuram was also known as a diehard, dedicated devotee of his parents. He obeyed his father to such an extent that he regarded his father’s words as the final or top order. In one of the incidents, it is believed that his father once ordered him to kill his mother and it is believed that he did so. On this, his father then asked him to demand anything. So, Lord Parshuram asked him to bring back his mother Renuka, and he got his mother back in return.
Some devotees, often Vaishnavites, the ardent followers of Lord Vishnu, reference the tradition Vaishnavism, observe a fast, Vrat, on the occasion of Parshuram Jayanti. Some visit any Lord Vishnu temple or any Lord Parshuram temple in their area or region. Though Lord Parshuram temples are rare. The fast, prayers and the observance of Parshuram Jayanti are not only to mark Lord Parshuram’s birthday but also to seek his and Lord Vishnu’s blessings.
A Mantra for Lord Vishnu is—
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
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