A commemorative postage stamp on Parashurama, the 6th avatar among the Dashavatara (10 incarnations) of Vishnu, the Preserver god of Hinduism :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 19, 2023
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to release a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Parshuram, the great warrior sage of ancient India whose teachings of righteousness, fairness and objectivity is an inspiration to all human beings.
Stamp/FDC/Brochure/Cancellation Cachet : Shri Suresh Kumar
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 201600
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Parshuram
Born on Akshaya Tritiya [3rd day] of Vaisakha, Shukla Paksha [Parshuram Jayanti], Treta Yuga [second of the four yugas (world ages)] at Janapav mountain, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died on Chiranjeevi (Immortal)
- Ancient India is known for the figures and personalities who gave precedence to societal welfare and Dharma over their personal comforts and benefits. Bhagwan Parshuram, a mythological figure from ancient India is believed to be the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In Indian philosophy the concept of Avatar (incarnate) holds a special position. It gives hope, creativity and passion to humanity.
- Born in a Brahmin family, Parshuram, son of Sage Jamadagni and Renuka was born in Treta Yuga and is known for his methods of warfare and sense of righteousness. He conducted the Ashwamedha sacrifice and gave his entire belongings to the priest who conducted the ritual.
- Parshuram is a figurine from ancient India whose references come in Puranas and other historical documents. The Mahabharata and Ramayana, both include him in pivotal roles including being guru to Bhishma, Dronacharya and Karna. He taught Karana extremely powerful Brahmastra technique. He also cursed him that the knowledge would be useless to Karana, predicting much in advance that Karana would join the unrighteous Duryodhana in the Kurukshetra war. Such was his love for righteousness. It is said that Bhagwan Parshuram was destined to free the earth’s burden by assassinating the sinful and irreligious rulers, who neglected their duties.
- Bhagwan Parshuram was well versed with the four Vedas and sports the bow and arrow upon his back. It is said that he received the axe after undertaking penance to please Lord Shiva.
- There are several Parshuram temples throughout the western coast of India as well as North India, but specially more in the coastal areas from Baruch in Gujarat right upto Kerala. In South India at the holy place Pajaka near Udipi, there exist a temple of Parshuram. Parshuram, the creator of the Konkan coast is also worshipped in Maharashtra’s Ratnagir District. The people of Konkan call their land ‘Parshuram Bhoomi’, in accordance with the legend that the sage reclaimed the land from the sea. One can see a Parshuram temple with a Agni Mandir in Shivpuri in Maharashtra and Fort Songadh in Gujarat.
- Parshuram is known for his divine qualities who established Dharma. He showed reverence for the qualities, potential and truth and not for the titles of birth related privileges. He is the reformist in the true sense of world.
- Bhagwan Parshuram was highly objective and was tough and fair to punish the Adharmic. He raised his axe against all, who violated the contemporary code of conduct from the societal point of view.
- Life of Parshuram is an example of courage, unwavering resolve, fairness, empathy with the downtrodden, indifference towards the powerful, objectivity in decision making and absolute stillness irrespective of the situation.
- Parshuram Jayanti is celebrated every year on Akshaya Tritya in the month of May. The day marks the beginning of the Treta Yuga and his believe that good deeds done on the day are preserved forever. The spiritual seekers celebrate this day by fasting and Satsang.
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