Parashurama (Rama with an axe) is the sixth avatar of Vishnu in Hinduism. He was a brahmakshatriya. Like other avatars of Vishnu, he appears at a time when overwhelming evil prevailed on earth. The warrior class, with weapons and power, had begun to abuse their power, take what belonged to others by force and tyrannize people. Parashurama corrects the cosmic equilibrium by destroying these evil warriors.
- Jamadagni was the father of Shree Parashurama while Renuka was Lord Parashurama’s mother.
He is also referred to as Rama Jamadagnya , Rama Bhargava and Veerarama in some holy text.
Parashurama is not found in Vedic literature, and the earliest mention of his character is found in the Ramayana. There he is represented as an accomplished warrior-sadhu, a sage and teacher of martial arts, but there is no mention of him being an avatar of Vishnu. He evolves into an avatar in the Puranas.
The violent Brahmin is condemned, ultimately transformed (Jamadagni [his father] rids himself of anger and is slain without resisting; Rama [Parashurama] retires, his mind at peace, to his mountain refuge. — Madeleine Biardeau