P is for Parshurama , mentioned in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata

Parshurama was the son of the sage Jamadagni and his wife Renuka.
There are lots of stories about Parshurama. He is known as the Brahmin who had vowed to wipe the earth of all Kshatriyas and had done so twenty one times.

In the Mahabharata, this ancient Brahmin warrior, did not actually take part in the great war, but all the main protagonists in the war had directly or indirectly been influenced by his teachings,

The Kaurava army had five successive commander-in-chiefs during the eighteen days of war.

Day 1 to 10 – Bheeshma (a direct disciple of Parshurama)
Day 11 to 15 – Drona (a direct disciple of Parshurama)
Day 16 to 17- Karna (a direct disciple of Parshurama)
Day 18 Shalya (do not know who is Guru was)
Day 18 Ashwathama (a disciple of Drona, who was a disciple of Parshurama)

The Pandavas had one commander in Chief for all the eighteen days of the war, Dhrishtyadhumna, who was a student of Drona, who in turn was a student of the great Parshurama.

Besides the main protagonists, the hundred Kurus on one side and the five Pandavas on the other side, were all students of Drona too.
Thus Parshurama, the ancient warrior indirectly played a huge part in the great war of the Mahabharata.

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8 Responses to P is for Parshurama , mentioned in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata

  1. Tarkabarka says:

    Interesting! Also a good recap of both sides 🙂

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  2. josna says:

    Wipe the earth of all kshatriyas–intriguing! Wonder how he did it? Buy they come back, don’t they . . .

    • modhukori says:

      that was his aim 🙂 i guess he managed to kill many 🙂

      • josna says:

        But why? Number one, doesn’t it take all sorts to make a world? Number two, if he was opposed to them because they were warriors, wouldn’t killing them not only be an act of violence but ensure that they kept coming back?
        Will have to look into this! They say that you should read the entire Mahabharata at least once in your lifetime and Ive only read abridged versions, so you are inspiring me to get cracking!

  3. Liz Brownlee says:

    Love your background of the A-Z logo! I’m afraid I have NO idea who these people are. Are they historical, or myth? They sound very colourful and exciting and passionate, whoever they are! ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

    • modhukori says:

      Liz, thanks for dropping by. These characters are from the Indian epics. I dont know how the background came on, have been trying many things… something clicked.

  4. Fee says:

    I don’t know a lot about the Indian epics, this is really interesting. I’m looking forward to sitting down to read the rest of your A-Z posts now that I’ve found your blog 🙂

    • modhukori says:

      thanks, that remark will make me a little more mindful of what i put out there. I actually have problems with the trteatment of women in these stories and for long have not been able to look past these, beginning to seperate the baby from the bath water and look beyond that which did not allow me to respond to the many stories within the stories 🙂

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