Kodandam sasaram karena dadhtatham vamena chanyena cha,
Aartha thrana patum kutaramasatham kandacchidam bhasuram,
Smasru prasphurithananam surathanum ramam sada saswatham
Parashurama the sixth incarnation of Vishnu is the epitome of valor and devotion towards parents. Once his father, Jamadagni got angry with his wife Renuka and ordered Parashurama to murder her. Parashurama obeyed him and killed his mother. Contented with his act Jamadagni asked his son to ask for anything whatever he wanted. Parashurama asked to bring back his mother to life. It was Parashurama’s cleverness that brought back his mother to life again. In this way Parashurama proved his devotion to his father and mother.
Jamadagni and their Kama Dhenu cow were killed by a kshatriya king, Kartavirya Sahashrarjun. Thus Parashurama vowed to kill all the kshatriyas on this earth and make it free from the autocracy of the kshatriyas. All the kshatriyas fled away due to the terror of him and no one was left to protect this earth. So, Kashyap muni ordered Parashurama to leave the world. Parashurama went to mountain Mahendra and started to live there.
The birthday of Parashurama is celebrated on the 3rd day of Shukla Paksh of Vaishakh month. This day is also known as Parshu Rama Dwadashi and people fast on this day to be blessed with a son. According to Varah Puran, by keeping a fast on this day, the devotee enjoys his stay in Brahmiok and will be reborn to become a great king.
Akshaya Tritiya is another name for the birthday of Lord Parashurama. There is a strong belief that the merits gained by good acts on this day are forever. It is believed that Akshaya Tritiya marks the beginning of the Treta Yug.
Hindus holds major part of population in India. With the revitalization of Hinduism after the medieval period, the birth day of Parashurama regained its importance. Except fasting, procession and satsang is also arranged in most of the towns of Northern India.