Meeting of Rama and Parashurama from Valmiki's Ramayana, Prince of Wales Museum of Western India
When is Parashurama Jayanti?
How long until Parashurama Jayanti?
|This holiday next takes place in 108 Days.|
Dates of Parashurama Jayanti
Regions where Parashurama Jayanti is a holiday in 2019
|Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan||May 7th|
|Parshurama is the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. He is the son of Renuka and one of the saptarishi Sage Jamadagni|
This regional Indian holiday is observed on Tritiya (third day) of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Vaishakh.
It celebrates the birth anniversary of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Hinduism.
In 2019, it is a state public holiday in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan. It may be an optional holiday in other states.
Traditions of Parashurama Jayanti
According to the legend, Mahishmati Nagri, a region in central India was ruled by the demon king Kiratarjuna and his kingdom of the Kshatriyas.
Goddess Earth was so concerned about the evil deeds of the king, that she asked Lord Vishnu for help. Lord Vishnu said the he would be born as a son to Renuka and Sage Jamadagni and destroy the kingdom. Vishnu reincarnated as the great warrior Parshurama (literally Rama with an Axe) and defeated the king and the Kshatriyas, restoring peace on earth.
This day holds special religious significance for Hindus. Devotees fast from the night before to the day of Parshuram Jayanti. They visit temples and offer worship to Lord Vishnu to seek his blessings. Donating food to Brahmans Is consider very auspicious on this day.
This day is also known as Akshaya Tritiya and is considered good to start or do anything auspicious.
Parashurama may also be known as Rama Jamadagnya , Rama Bhargava and Veerarama in some Hindu texts. Parashurama is worshipped as mool purush, or founder, of the Niyogi Bhumihar Brahmin, Chitpavan, Daivadnya, Mohyal, Tyagi, Anavil and Nambudiri Brahmin communities.