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The Legend of Parshu-Raam
The Legend of Parshu-Raam

The Legend of Parshu-Raam

by Vineet Aggarwal

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9780143423454 - Year: 2015 - Pages: 305



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Author: Vineet Aggarwal
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 305
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143423454


The author's passion for fusing the physical and quantum sciences ... furthers its appeal as an easily digested, yet provocative read'-Pioneer

He was the guru of Bhishma Pitamah…
An avatar of Vishnu but a disciple of Shiva…
And he shall be the martial guru of Kalki, the last Avatar in this Yuga!

When the Chandravanshi emperor Arjun begins expanding his empire to cover the entire world, the Asuras hit back with an insidious plan. Caught in the crossfire is Raam, the son of rishi Yamdagni and scion of the Bhargava clan.

Will the machinations of Asura, Naga and Urag tribes affect the Brahmin boy and his family? Will the political intrigues of Nabhi-varsh let Bhargava Raam find his destiny or push him towards a future he never envisioned?

This is the story of a man who rose to the level of divinity to establish a fair and just society; the story of the making of a legend.


Legends, they say, are hyperbolic versions of historical events. Yet, they remain far more popular than authentic, verifiable history. Throughout the world, stories of legends occupy more mind space than the lives of historically documented people.

The exploits of Robin Hood and King Arthur are arguably more popular than those of Churchill or Thatcher from Great Britain and the labors of Hercules and Hanuman excite a greater number of children in Greece and India respectively than those of Alexander or Chandragupta. As the title of this book suggests, this too is an effort to bring to my readers one such powerful legend that has fired the imagination of thousands of people since time immemorial.

Parshu-Raam is recognized, and even dreaded, as the man who decimated the entire ruling class in a bygone age. His name was whispered in hushed tones by Kshatriya kings till not very long ago and the Bhaagvat Purana mentions him as a Shaktyavesh Avatar of Lord Vishnu—a human invested with special powers of the Supreme Lord.

You may have heard of him from your grandparents or seen a brief glimpse in some television mythological but seldom is his life story detailed to an extent that it could become an epic by itself. The purpose of this book is not to harp on his later achievements that many of us are aware of, but to bring to readers the events from before his birth that slowly but surely led this simple Brahmin boy to become the legend that fate forced him to become.

Since a protagonist's story does not get a complete perspective till it is compared with that of the antagonist or the anti-hero, this book would be incomplete without the inclusion of the travels and travails of his arch enemy, the man who, according to scriptures, was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu's Sudarshan Chakra himself! Hardly anyone would have heard of him before, but I must mention that this extraordinary man is considered one of the very first humans to rule over a global empire—a dream many colonial powers cherished in a previous century and a few harbor even today.

The struggle between the two men is a reflection of the fight for supremacy between two powerful classes of ancient India—Brahmins and Kshatriyas—and their ideologies. It can be seen even today, especially in countries where the intelligentsia and military exist at loggerheads. Even as you read this, some military leader somewhere in the world is surely planning a coup to snatch power from the bureaucrats while somewhere else, the literati is preparing for a protest against the authoritarian regime in their country.

In this book I shall introduce you to the clash that completely transfofmed India's social structure in a bygone age. I have merged some true stories about the lord of Lanka taken from the Ramayana to help me arrive at this sequence of events. You may be surprised to know that Ravan was also defeated by someone other than Shri Raam!

Like the demon king Ravan and his own grand-uncle Vishwamitra, Parshu-Raam also makes an appearance in that grand epic, although briefly. When Shri Raam breaks Shiva's bow in the Swayamvar for Sita's hand, Parshu-Raam arrives on the scene like a storm and challenges the prince for a duel. As far as I am aware, this is the only instance where two different incarnations of Lord Vishnu have come face-to-face as adversaries!

Parshu-Raam also finds mention in the Mahabharata as the guru of Kuru patriarch Bhishma as well as the ill-fated Karna. Since Parshu-Raam was opposed to Kshatriyas, Karna had to lie about his identity in order to receive martial training from him, a subterfuge that ultimately led Karna to be cursed to forget the very knowledge he had acquired when he needed it the most. In Kerala,.Parshu-Raam is believed to have imparted similar training to Swami Ayyappa, the lord of Shabrimala, and developed the martial art of Kalaripayattu along with Rishi Agastya.

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