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Theatre – “Parasurama – The Axe wielding Rama”, The Legend of the Sixth Avatar of Vishnu “Krishna Arpanam (on the pranks of Lord Krishna)

Introduction to Parasurama:

The only Brahma-Kshatriya, Parasurama was born in a Brahmin family with Kshatriya traits of fearlessness and valour. He had received an axe from Lord Shiva after undertaking tapasya. He is dreaded as the man, who decimated the entire ruling class in a bygone age. He is the Shaktyavesh Avatar of Vishnu – a human invested with special powers of the supreme Lord. It is believed, that the main purpose of Vishnu’s sixth incarnation was to free the earth’s burden by assassinating the sinful and irreligious kings who neglected their duties.

The credit of having developed the martial art of Kalaripayattu goes to Parasurama. He became the Guru of Bheeshma, Dronacharya and Karna. Parasurama appears in Ramayana when Rama breaks Shiva’s bow in Sita’s Swayamvara, interestingly the only instance, where two incarnations of Vishnu come face to face as adversaries!

Among his other tales of valor, Parasurama is known to have fought back the advancing ocean, which was going to hit the lands of Kokan and Malabar. The area between Maharashtra and Karnataka is known as Parasuramakshetra.

He is destined to become one of the Saptarishis in the next Manvantar. A Cheeranjivi, one of the seven immortals, he is believed to reside on earth, awaiting the arrival of Kalki, the tenth Avatar of Vishnu to impart martial training. The mission of his life is to help humanity find its way whenever it gets lost.

The lore of the Sixth Avatar of Vishnu, is the story of a man who rose to the level of divinity, the story of the making of a legend

Design- Direction- Choreography : Shashidharan Nair

Date – 17th August 2017

Time – 7:00 pm

Venue – Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts (SRCPA), 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi-110001

Entry – Free