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Parshuram Jayanti 2021: Date, Significance & Legends

Parshuram is the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu and to commemorate his birth anniversary, Parshuram Jayanti is observed. It falls in the month of Vaisakha in the Shukla Paksha Tritiya; commonly known as Akshaya Tritiya. Because he was born during the Pradosh Kala of Akshaya Tritiya,  the pradosh period is considered the most appropriate time for observing Parashuram Jayanti. 

Parshuram Jayanti

Parshuram Jayanti 2021 Date

Parshuram Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Lord Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In the year 2021, it falls on Friday, 14 May.

Tritiya Tithi Begins - 05:38 AM on May 14, 2021
Tritiya Tithi Ends - 07:59 AM on May 15, 2021

Matangi Jayanti is also observed on this day to commemorate the birth anniversary of the ninth of the significant Dasa Mahavidyas, goddess Matangi. She is also known by the name Tantrik Saraswati.

How do people observe this day?

- Devotees wake up before sunrise and take baths and don fresh clean clothes and get ready for the puja ceremony.
- Then devotees start the puja by worshipping the idol of Lord Vishnu by offering sweets, kumkum, flowers, and Chandan. Devotees also offer holy tulsi leaves.
- Devotees observe a fast on this day as it is believed that those who fast are blessed with a son.
- Devotees only consume fruits and milk products should during fast and no cereals or pulses are eaten.

Significance

Also celebrated as ‘Akshaya Tritiya’, Parshuram Jayanti is the day that marks the beginning of the Treta Yuga. It is believed that on this day if a devotee does good deeds, it does a world of good for them. People organize bhajans and satsangs and take out processions on this day.

For the Sanatan Dharmis, Akshaya Tritiya is said to be the main festival. Devotees take part in mass bathing, donation, etc. and all the benefits of these deeds are believed to come back to you. Akshay is the fast the devotees observe.

Legend

Parshuram is believed to have been immortal.  Born in the Bhrigu clan, Parshuram possessed the qualities of both brahmin and Kshatriyas. He was half Brahmin and half Kshatriya. Lord Vishnu was incarnated as Parashuram to end the evil deeds of Arjuna, a Kshatriya king who was blessed with invincibility. He had 1000s of arms and he along with other Kshatriya kings had strayed from their path and Parshuram was born to eliminate the evil in the form of Kshatriyas. Parshuram’s parents were spiritual people and his father Jamadagni had his ashram on the bank of the river. It was there where he imparted education to his sons and disciples. One day, while he was performing yajna, he asked his wife Renuka to fetch some water from the river for oblation. Renuka went as asked to fetch some water but she lost track of time and missed oblation as celestial singer Chitraratha was indulging in leisure activities with his wife in the river.

Sage Jamadagni was so angry at his wife’s carelessness that he asked his sons to behead her. No son came forward. Seeing this, Parshuram picked his ax and killed his mother. His father was very impressed and offered him a boon. Parshuram asked for the life of his dead mother back. By then, Jamadagni’s anger had subsided and thus he brought his wife back to life. It is believed that Parshuram still exists in this world among us as he was known to be Chiranjeevi or immortal and he was believed to rule until the end of the world.

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