Some modern interpreters interpret Vishnu’s ten main avatars as an ascending order from simple life-forms to more complex life-forms and see the Dashavataras as a reflection, or a foreshadowing, of the modern theory of evolution. Such an interpretation was first propounded by Theosophist Helena Blavatsky in her 1877 opus Isis Unveiled, in which she proposed the following ordering of the Dashavataras:
- Matsya – fish (Paleozoic era)
- Kurma – amphibious tortoise (Mesozoic era)
- Varaha – boar (Cenozoic era)
- Narasimha – man-lion, the last animal and semi-human avatar (Cenozoic era)
- Vamana – growing dwarf and the first step towards the human form
- Parasurama – a hero, but the imperfect human form (angry human)
- Rama – another hero, physically perfect, befriends a speaking monkey deity Hanuman
- Krishna – The Divine Statesman
- Buddha – the Buddhism founder
- Kalki – yet to happen and the saviour,
Many people know him because of Ramayan & fight with lord Ganesh in the Himalayas and serve as a mentor to Bhishma, Karna and Drona of Mahabharat
1-Parshuram Incarnation story
Parshuram’s grandmother, Satyavati, was a princess, daughter of Gadhi. She was given in marriage to Richika, Parashuram’s grandfather.
Due to rishi’s potion In time, both mother and daughter found they were expecting children. However, the sage noticed that when he looked at his wife he saw a Kshatriya aura, and he asked what had happened. Satyavati told Rucheeka, to which he responded, ‘Now our son will be a great warrior instead of a sage.” Satyavati begged the rishi to instead make her grandson become the great warrior and her son a rishi. Seeing her distress, Rucheeka acquiesced. Satyavati gave birth to a son, Jamadagni, who became a great saptarishi, while her grandson Bhargav was the sixth incarnation of Vishnu, and one of the greatest warriors of all ages.
2-Lord Killed Kartavirya Arjuna
As Rama grew older, he was sincere in his piety and pleased Lord Shiva with the perforation of excruciating tapas. As a blessing, he was granted the Parashu of Shiva, after which he was known as Parashurama, or ‘Rama with an axe’.The Haihaya was ruled by a powerful and cruel king named Kartavirya Arjuna. He was the incarnation of Sudarshana, Lord Vishnu’s Celestial weapon, Chakra that had taken birth in human form. In addition, Kartavirya worshipped a divine being known as Dattatreya, the embodiment of Trimurti and descendant of the saptarishi Atri. For his obeisance, Aryadatta had granted the king a flying golden chariot that would travel wherever he wished, and one-thousand arms.Kartav- irya became so powerful that he was even able to defeat and imprison the demon king Ravana at the river Godavari. Kartavirya killed by Lord Parashurama
3- Fight with Lord Ganesha
According to Puranas, Parashurama travelled to the Himalayas to pay respect to his teacher, Shiva. While travelling, his path was blocked by Ganesha, son of Shiva and Parvati. Parashurama threw his axe at the elephant-god. Ganesha, knowing the weapon had been given to Parashurama by his father, allowed it to sever his left tusk.
4- founders of kalarippayattu
Parashurama and the saptarishi Agastya are regarded as the founders of kalarippayattu, the oldest martial art in the world. Parashurama was a master of shastravidya, or the art of weaponry, as taught to him by Shiva. As such, he developed northern kalaripayattu, or vadakkan kalari, with more emphasis on weapons than striking and grappling. Southern kalaripayattu was developed by Agastya and focuses more on weaponless combat. Kalaripayattu is known as the ‘mother of all martial arts’.
5- karmic cycle
Nath tradition holds that Parashurama, after enacting his vengeance, sought out Dattatreya atop Mount Gandhamadana for spiritual guidance. Their conversations gave rise to Tripura-rahasya, a treatise on Advaita Vedanta. It was here the deity instructed the warrior-sage on knowledge of scripture, renunciation of worldly activities, and non-duality, thus freeing him from the karmic cycle of death and rebirth.
6-Unlike other incarnations of Vishnu, Parashurama is a Chiranjivi and is said to still be doing penance today in Mahendragiri.
7-Battle between Bhishma And Parshuram which lasted longer than Kurukshetra War! Bhishma (son of Shantanu and Ganga) was a great archer and a warrior. He is known for his skills in the Mahabharata.
8-As Rama grew older, he was sincere in his piety and pleased Lord Shiva with the perforation of excruciating tapas. As a blessing, he was granted the Parashu of Shiva, after which he was known as Parashurama, or ‘Rama with an axe’.
9- Reclaimed KONKAN
According to Hindu scripture, Parshurama reclaimed the land of Konkan after donating the earth to Maharshi Kashyap. Then he requested different Gods and Goddesses to settle in the newly created land and to take responsibility of various clans. Parshuram, being a devotee of Shiva, requested Shiva to give him audience every day, while he is living in the newly created land. Lord Shiva accepted his request. Lord Parshuram also brought 60 ‘Vipras’ to settle in Kokan.
10- 8th Manvantara
Along with sage Vyasa , sage Kripa and sage Ashwatthama, Parashurama is considered to be foremost among the rishis in Kaliyuga. Parasurama will also become one of the Saptarishi in the 8th Manvantara along with sage Vyasa,sage Kripa and sage Ashwatthama.
Bonus fact -The Kalki Purana writes that he will reemerge at the end of Kali Yuga to be the martial and spiritual guru of Kalki, the tenth and final avatar of Vishnu. It is foretold that he will instruct Kalki to perform a difficult penance to Shiva, and receive the celestial weaponry needed to bring about the end time.