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Jamadagni Rishi – Story of Sage Jamadagni

Jamadagni Rishi is considered to be one of the Sapta Rishis and father of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Bhagvan Vishnu. He was a great sage in the lineage of Rishi Bhrigu. He was the son of Sage Richika and Satyavati. He married Renuka and had five sons, Rumanvat, Sushena, Vasu, Vishavasu and Parashurama.

The most popular story associated with Jamadagni Rishi is of him being killed by the sons of king Kartavirya. In response to this cruel murder, Parashurama annihilated the Kshatriyas 21 times.

Another story associated with Jamadagni Rishi is that of him ordering his sons to kill his wife who he believed had become unchaste. Four of his sons disagreed but Parashuram killed his mother but later got her back to life by the boon he received from Jamadagni Rishi.

As per some accounts, Jamdagni who was killed by the sons of king Kartavirya was restored to life after a couple of days.

There is a popular shrine dedicated to Jamadagni Rishi is located at Malana in Himachal Pradesh. He is worshipped here as Jamlu Devata. It must be noted that there are numerous places in Himachal that is associated wit the sage. It is believed that the sage used to give verdict and opinion on various issues from his shrine.