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Jaipur is all set to celebrate month-long Parashurama Jayanti celebrations
Jaipur is all set to celebrate with out-door events on Parashurama Jayanti being celebrated today. Lord Parshurama is believed to be sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu by the Hindus. It is held widely that he is still living and hence not worshiped. Typically, Lord Parshurama is shown with two hands, with an axe in his right hand either seated or standing.

Parashurama Jayanti is celebrated during Shukla Paksha Tritiya in the month of Vaishakha. This year, the festival falls on May 7.

On the eve of Parashurama Jayanti, earthen lamps were lighted by various Brahmin groups at various places in Jaipur.  Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha (SBM) in Jaipur and other Brahmin organizations are going to take out a procession to mark the occasion. Parashurama Jayanti and Akshaya Tritiya are believed to be auspicious occasions for fasting, charity and Brahmin feeding. SBM has decided to celebrate one-month long festivities including honouring outstanding Brahmins who have made contribution in public life and various fields.

A pandit in Jaipur tells that Lord Parshurama is still alive and will teach the tenth incarnation how to end the sinful rulers of on-going Kaliyuga who are neglecting their duties and exploiting people. According to him, this Avatara never dies and lives in meditative retirement who had co-existed with other Vishnu avatars such as Lord Rama and Lord Krishna.

He further says, as his name indicates, he is "Rama with an axe" who received the axe by pleasing Lord Shiva. Despite born as a Brahmin, Lord Parashurama has qualities of Kshatriya for valour. He is believed to be a 'Brahma-Kshatriya' and one who possesses both the Brahmatej (divine knowledge) and the Kshatratej (valour to establish just and fair rule).

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