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Parshuram means Rama with an axe, a weapon which symbolizes truth, courage and the destruction of vanity.

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Parshuram Jayanti or Parshuram Dwadasi is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Kalki Puran states that Parshuram is the martial guru of Shri Kalki the tenth and final incarnation of the avatar of Lord Vishnu in Kalyug.

God Parshuram was born on the third day of Shukla Paksha of the Hindi month of Vaisakha. He was born during Pradosh Kala and hence, on this day when Tritiya prevails during Pradosh Kala, it is considered best for Parshuram Jayanti celebrations.

In 2020, Parshuram Jayanti falls on Saturday, April 25, followed by Akshaya Tritiya on Sunday, April 26. The Tritiya Tithi or Muhurat will commence from 11:51 AM on April 25, 2020, and will end on 01:22 PM on April 26, 2020.


Parshuram means Rama with an axe. Thus, Bhagwan Shri Parshuram carries an axe in his hand, a weapon which symbolizes truth, courage and the destruction of vanity or pride.

It is believed that on this day he descended on Earth to save it from the barbarity of the Kshatriyas. Parshuram had immense knowledge, was a great warrior and lived for the benefit of mankind. His character seems flawless in the ancient religious texts.

It is believed that unlike the other avatars of Lord Vishnu, Parshuram is immortal and resides in the mountains. Thus, he is not worshipped as Ram or Krishna.

There are many temples of Lord Parshuram on the western coast of India, and a major temple exists at Pajaka near Udupi, Karnataka.

Get special blessings on Parshuram Jayanti by chanting the following verses:


‘ॐ ब्रह्मक्षत्राय विद्महे क्षत्रियान्ताय धीमहि तन्नो राम: प्रचोदयात्।।’
‘ॐ जामदग्न्याय विद्महे महावीराय धीमहि धन्नो परशुराम: प्रचोदयात्।।’
‘ॐ मां मां ॐ मां मां परशुहस्ताय नम:।।’

On this day:

  • Devotees observe a fast, the day before the night and through the Tritiya day.
  • They bathe before sunrise, wear tidy Puja clothes and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu. They also smear sandalwood to the idol and place basil leaves, vermillion, flowers, and sweets before the deity.
  • People refrain from consuming pulses or cereals and survive the day on fruits, juices, milk or Satvik food.

More About the Jayanti:

Lord Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu, was born to Renuka and Jamadagni, one of the Saptrishis or Seven Rishis. He is considered to be the epitome of devotion and love for parents.

Legend has it that Lord Parshuram got his Parshu (axe) from Lord Shiva, of whom he was an ardent devotee.

It is also said that Lord Parshuram created the western part of Indian coastal land, including the states of Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra, as we know them today.


As per Hindu texts, it is believed that once his father, after a heated argument with his mother asked him to kill her. Without a second thought, Parshuram instantly killed his mother. Impressed by his obedience, he asked him for a boon on which he was quick to ask back for his mother’s life by just saying ”Mother”. Hence, he got back his mother’s life without lifting any weapon or hurting anybody.

According to the epic Mahabharata Vana Parva /Hari Vansh Purana, Kartavirya Arjuna was a legendary king of an ancient empire called Haihayas (in Madhya Pradesh), who became self-obsessed with his powers. Arrogance made him resort to atrocities against humans, Gods, and Yakshas.

Along with other Kshatriyas, he indulged in destructive acts that made life difficult for commoners.

During the same period, he happened to visit the hermitage of Renuka and Jamadagni who warmly welcomed him. But a vain Kartavirya was blind-folded with pride and in exchange for the couple’s kindness, he demanded an offensive return. Jamadagni denied his offer and was killed.

The ruthless king also slaughtered his sacred cow Kamadhenu.

Goddess Earth invoked Lord Vishnu to save living beings from the cruelties of Kshatriyas. To help the goddess, Lord Vishnu reincarnated as the son of Renuka and Jamdagani.

To avenge his father’s death Parshuram killed Kartavirya and pledged to destroy the Kshatriya monarchs. Fearing death, the kings fled to distant places. Parshuram, however, defeated the king and Kshatriyas to free the Earth from their violence and brutality. Thus, peace was restored.

Kashyap Muni who was a testimony to this sight pacified Parshuram and asked him to leave Earth and reside in the mountains. Since then, Lord Parshuram has been residing on the Mahendra mountain.

He is the only Vishnu avatar who never dies, never returns to abstract Vishnu and lives in meditative retirement.

Further, he is the only Vishnu avatar that co-exists with other Vishnu avatars Rama and Krishna in some versions of the Ramayana and Mahabharata respectively.


Parshuram was known for his love for righteousness. He was known to be the Guru to Bhishma, Dronacharya and Karna. However, in advance, Parshuram knew that Karna would do injustice to Duryodhan in the Kurukshetra war. So as the duty of a good guru, he decides to teach him the Brahmashastra, but he also cursed Karna that the knowledge will not be any use to him.

According to the folklore, Parshuram gave the Sudharshan chakra to Lord Krishna.

It is believed that the main motto of Vishnu’s sixth incarnation was to free the earth’s burden by assassinating the sinful and irreligious kings who neglected their duties.

According to another legend, Parshuram once went to meet Lord Shiva. As he reached the door, Lord Ganesh confronted Parshuram and stopped him from meeting with Lord Shiva. Angry and furious, Parshuram threw the axe given by Lord Shiva on Ganesha. Knowing that the axe was given by Lord Shiva, Ganesha allowed the axe to cut away one of his tusks.

Another story mentioned in the Kalki Purana believes that Parshuram still resides on the earth.

It states that Parshuram will be the martial guru of Shri Kalki, who is going to be the last avatar of Lord Vishnu. He instructs Kalki to perform a long sacrament to please Lord Shiva. After being pleased Lord Shiva will bless Kalki with the celestial weaponry.

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COVID-19: India Post Bihar Circle To Deliver “Shahi Litchi” And “Zardalu Mango” At Doorsteps

Till now order for 4400 kgs Litchi has been placed on the website.

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PATNA (Bihar): The Department of Posts, Government of India, Bihar Postal Circle has made an agreement with the Department of Horticulture, Government of Bihar, for logistics of Shahi Litchi from Muzaffarpur and Zardalu Mango from Bhagalpur and its delivery to the doorstep of the people.

Because of lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, Litchi & Mangoes cultivators have been finding it difficult to carry/transport their fruits to the markets for sale.

Its supply amongst people has become a big challenge and so to meet the demand of public and for giving market space directly to farmers to sell their fruits without any middlemen, the Department of Horticulture, Govt.of Bihar & Department of Posts, Govt of India have joined hands for this initiative.


The ”Shahi Litchi” of Muzaffarpur  (Bihar) and “Zardalu Mango” of Bhagalpur (Bihar) are famous in the world by virtue of their unique fragrance and demand everywhere.

People can place an order on website www.horticulture.bihar.gov.in online.

This facility will be initially available to people of Muzaffarpur and Patna for ”Shahi Litchi”, and Patna and Bhagalpur for “Zardalu Mango”.

Lichi will be booked minimum for 2 kgs and mangoes for 5 kgs.


Online booking and delivery at doorstep facility will help cultivators/farmers by earning decent profits in this new market directly. Customers will also be benefitted to get these branded fruits at their doorstep at a low cost.

Till now order for 4400 kgs Litchi has been placed on the website.

It may go up to 100000 kgs during the season. Order for Mangoes will start in last week of May.

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Government Launches Scheme For 100% Solarisation Of Konark Sun Temple

The scheme is expected to meet all the energy requirements of Konark town with solar energy.

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NEW DELHI: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has taken up the Complete Solarisation of Konark sun temple and Konark town in Odisha.

The scheme has been launched to take forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to transform the historical Sun temple town of Konark in Odisha into ‘Surya Nagri‘.

The key objective is to convey a message of synergy between the modern use of solar energy and the ancient Sun Temple and the importance of promoting solar energy.

Speaking about the scheme, Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said, “The Government of India launched the scheme with an objective to take forward Prime Minister (Narendra Modi)’s vision to develop the historical Sun temple town of Konark in Odisha as ‘Surya Nagri’, to convey a message of synergy between the modern use of solar energy and the ancient Sun Temple and the importance of promoting solar energy.”


Under the scheme, a 10 MW grid-connected solar project will be set up along with various solar off-grid applications such as off-grid solar power plants with battery storage, solar trees and solar drinking water kiosks with complete Central Financial Assistance (CFA) support of around Rs 25 crores through New & Renewable Energy Ministry.

The project will be implemented by the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA).

The scheme is expected to meet all the energy requirements of Konark town with solar energy.

The Sun Temple in Konark is a 13th-century CE Sun temple situated about 35 km northeast from Puri on the coastline of Odisha, and is attributed to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty about 1250 CE.


Odisha is no stranger to efforts related to solar power. In 2015, it announced plans for a 1 gigawatt (GW) solar power plant. In 2016, Sonthalia Group unveiled plans for a 600 megawatt (MW) solar power plant, and the state announced plans for 70 MW of rooftop solar.

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COVID-19: “ISKCON Has So Far Served Over 30 Million (3 Crore) Meals During Lockdown”

ISKCON is also the world’s largest food for life program implementer.

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Difficult times often bring out the best in people — especially from the people who are already spiritually-inclined. India’s ancient wisdom gifts our nation with inherent strength, hope, determination and a selfless approach to life that enable us to continue in the face of great evil and strife. Carrying forward that Sanatan Tradition during this grave COVID-19 crisis in India (and elsewhere) is the glorious organisation called the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

Here, League of India talks with Shri Radharamn Das, Vice President and Spokesperson ISKCON, ISKCON Kolkata, about the various aspects associated with ISKCON amid the coronavirus crisis.


As the country, especially the marginalized section, continues to struggle with the impact of COVID-19, ISKCON is said to be leading India’s largest ‘Food Relief Program’. Can you please tell our readers all about it?

Shri Das: ISKCON’s founder Acharya His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, one day while looking out of a window, in Mayapur, a village near Calcutta, saw a group of children fighting with stray dogs over scraps of food. From this simple, yet heart-breaking incident Srila Prabhupada ordered his followers to make sure that no person within a radius of ten miles from every ISKCON temples and centres should go hungry.

ISKCON is also the world’s largest food for life program implementer.

ISKCON food for life, Annamrita, Akshay Patra are various programs which are inspired by Srila Prabhupada.


From war-torn zones like Serbia, Chechenya, or Tsunami hit places like Sri Lanka, India or earthquake-affected places like Nepal or Pakistan or during hurricane Katrina, ISKCON devotees have served food everywhere in the world.

In fact, there have been many instances of ISKCON devotees getting killed in war zones while serving food.

Food For Life engages in various sorts of hunger relief, including outreach to the homeless, provision for disadvantaged children throughout India, and provision for victims of natural disasters around the world. ISKCON has served over 6 billion free meals.

Steve Jobs was also one of the benefactors of the ISKCON food relief programme. He recollected in his famous commencement speech at Stanford University where he famously recollected that special time in his life, shortly after he dropped out of Reed College but continued to drop in on classes there, “It wasn’t all romantic,” he told students in the now-iconic speech,

I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms. I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with. And I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple (ISKCON). I loved it.”

The whole speech is an inspiring and thoughtful reflection, but it was that last bit—about depending upon the Krishna temple for his one good meal a week (and loving it)—that ISKCON devotees especially latched on to.


One of the most influential and admired men in the world once relished sanctified vegetarian food at a Krishna temple, and those meals played a defining role in his journey towards success against all odds. Understandably, Hare Krishna devotees were thrilled to hear him remember it fondly.

ISKCON Kolkata has received the kind support of Indian cricket legend Sourav Ganguly in the aforementioned program. How did the association come about, and what are the mechanism and statistics involved with your association with the sporting great?

Shri Das: Sourav Ganguly family is very much connected with ISKCON. His wife Dona Ganguly and daughter Sana Ganguly performs Odissi dance for the pleasure of Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra Devi during annual Rathayatra organised by ISKCON Kolkata.

During this ongoing crisis, Sourav Da called us and expressed his willingness to support food for 10,000 people daily here in Kolkata.

Pan India ISKCON has served over 3 crores meals till date during the ongoing COVID19 crisis.

 

TOTAL MEALS SERVED

Since the lockdown, ISKCON and its affiliate foundations (Annamrita and India Tribal Care Trust) have served more than 12 million meals across the country. The data given below is the total count as on May 3, 2020:

 

Treading somewhat on thin political ice, West Bengal – from a distance – does not look like a place *in the recent decades* where the administration/government would be very friendly towards an organisation like ISKCON. Is there any truth in that apprehension? Irrespective, can you share the span and influence of ISKCON Kolkata activities/programs in the glorious state – including, but not limited to, the current COVID-19 crisis?

Shri Das: The state government and the Chief Minister of West Bengal Sushri Mamata Banerjee are very friendly towards ISKCON. She cleared the way for world largest temple at Sridham Mayapur.

For over 50 years ISKCON was dreaming to make a spiritual city at the birthplace of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu but because of West Bengal land ceiling act, we were not able to do. The Hon’ble Chief Minister personally took the matter in her hand and in record time she cleared all files allowing ISKCON to have 750 acres of land at Mayapur.

Not only that, but she also waived the registration fees’ which could have cost ISKCON several hundred crores.

How much is the interaction between various ISKCON centres – both in India and abroad? Is there a ‘universal annual charter’ kind of a thing that every centre has to follow? How much of that, if it exists, has got affected by COVID-19 and what has been the resulting impact on the ISKCON activities, objectives and goals?


Shri Das: The International spiritual headquarters of ISKCON is situated at Sridham Mayapur in Nadia District of West Bengal and is about 124 km from Kolkata.

Every year before Gour Purnima or Holi, the heads of each ISKCON temple from all over the world and other officials, devotees congregate at Mayapur for our annual meetings.

The progress of each temple and new projects is discussed and offered to Sri Sri Radha Madhav, Pancha-ttava and Narsimhadev: the presiding deities at Sridham Mayapur.

Finally, how did an M. Tech from a foreign university like you got associated with ISKCON? How would you describe your current responsibilities at ISKCON Kolkata? What do you wish to achieve in the journey in the coming decades?

Shri Das: For an Indian to get the seed of Bhakti in Communist Russia and nourishment of that bhakti creeper at Imperial Britain is quite astonishing. Moreover, for one who has spent practically most of his life in the barren land for bhakti where the citadel of Communists in India existed-West Bengal.

In June 1971, the ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada has gone to Moscow on an invitation of a Professor Kotovsky. Religion was considered as a crime in USSR, and you could be thrown in jail for even possessing a religious book. In those three days, Srila Prabhupada met one young Russian boy and preached to him. He gave his personal Bhagavad Gita to that young boy and initiated him. Srila Prabhupada also predicted that in 20 years communism will be finished in USSR. That one spark of Krishna bhakti which ISKCON founder ignited in that young Russian, soon engulfed the USSR. USSR broke in 1991, exactly 20 years since Srila Prabhupada predicted. Today there are millions of Russians who have lost their heart in Vrindavan.

I was fortunate to reach Russia for my higher studies during this Krishna revolution and got the associations of Russian mahatmas.

In the pursuit of my so-called higher studies, I stumbled upon the greatest treasure in Moscow and London: Krishna-the reservoir of all pleasure, the matchless gift.

After I topped my University with a Gold medal (B.Tech, M.Tech), I worked for some time in a multi-national company. I joined ISKCON Chowpatty in 1999. In 2002, I started serving at ISKCON Kolkata. Kolkata is the birthplace of our founder acharya Srila Prabhupada. It is from Kolkata that the seed of this great movement was sown in the heart of young A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami (Abhay Charan Dey) by his spiritual master Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur in 1921.

At ISKCON Kolkata temple we have about 80 Brahmacharis and over half of them are IIT graduates and postgraduates including the toppers.

We have Brahmacharis who are qualified Engineers, Doctors, with double PhD, Chartered accountants, interior designers etc. ISKCON Kolkata also runs the mid-day meal program here in Kolkata, and we feed about 14,000 meals every day to poor school children.

Pan India, through ISKCON FOOD relief foundation we serve hot mid-day meals to 1.2 million (12 lakh) students every day.

Hare Krishna!

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