Why Parashuram killed his mother Renuka? God killed his own mother

Why Parashuram killed his mother Renuka? God killed his own mother

Why Parashuram killed his mother? Parashuram is the God who killed his own mother, Renuka and his brothers. Parashuram is the avatar of Lord Vishnu.

In Hinduism, Parashurama (or Parshuram ) is said to be the sixth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. Parashuram is the only Vishnu avatar who is said to be immortal.

He never returns to abstract Vishnu. He is the only Vishnu avatar that co-exists with other avatars of Lord Vishnu namely Rama and Krishna in some versions of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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Birth of Parashuram:

It is said that in Dvapara Yuga (or Dwapara Yuga), Vishnu descends as Parashuram to restore the order as the king abandons dharma in their quest for power.

Parashurama was born to sage Jamadagni and his wife Renuka. He was their fifth son. He is also known as Rama Jamadagnya and Rama Bhargava.

Parashurama or Parshuram

So by birth, he was a priest. But he chooses to become a warrior to fight and destroy evil kings who abuse their military strength for their personal gains.

He even kills his mother for being unfaithful to his father and his brothers for disobeying their father. 

Parashuram killed his mother Renuka:

According to Bhagavata Purana, the story goes like this. Renuka, his mother has the ability to collect water in unbaked pots by the power of her chastity. She was known for her absolute devotion to her husband.

One day, when she went to the river to fetch water. She saw a Gandharva (distinct heavenly being) bathing in the river. She felt sexually attracted towards him and began to desire for his company. 

This moment of infidelity (being unfaithful) took away her magical powers. She is completely lost the sense of time. She forgets that her husband (Parashuram’s father) is waiting for her return.

When she returned, her husband learned of her adulterous intentions through his meditative powers. As a result, he becomes enraged and ordered his sons to behead her.

His four eldest sons refused to do so as killing off a woman and that to their mother which was considered a great sin.

But at the same time, not obeying the orders of an elder, especially their father’s is also a great offence. But Parashuram obeyed his father without any question.

Parashuram Beheading (killing) His Mother
Parashuram Beheading His Mother

Since he was aware of the fact that his father possesses magical powers due to his meditation. 

Consequently, he raised his axe and severed her head from her body, ultimately killing his disloyal mother.

Furthermore, Jamadagni ordered him to kill his brothers too for disobeying their father. He killed his brothers too.

Parashuram with his father Jamadagni
Parashuram with his father Jamadagni

Pleased with the obedience of his son, he asked his son to ask for a boon.

Parashuram said, ‘Give me back my mother and brothers’. His father grants him the boon which brings his mother and brothers back to life.

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