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Why Parashuram Decided to Go around the World 21 Times and Kill Kshatriya Kings

Parashuram is the sixth incarnation of Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu. It is believed that he went around the world 21 times and killed Kshatriya kings who had moved away from Dharma. As per Brahmanda Purana, Kartavirya Arjuna forcefully seized the wish-fulfilling cow Kamadhenu from the hermitage of Sage Jamadagni. Sage Jamadagni protested this unruly behavior of a king. Kartavirya Arjuna beheaded the sage and took away the cow. Jamadagni’s son, Parashuram, heard about his heinous incident from his mother Renuka Devi. Whiling narrating her husband’s death, Renuka Devi struck on her heart with her hands 21 times in sorrow. Parashuram who witnessed her wailing took the solemn vow that he would go around the world 21 times and wipe out all the kings who practice Adharma. This is mentioned in the Brahmanda Purana.

Thiruvattar Temple – Sri Adi Kesava Perumal Temple at Thiruvattar in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu

Sri Adi Kesava Perumal Temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu and is also one of the 108 Divya Deshams. The shrine is located at Thiruvattar in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu. The temple is located around 8 km from Marthandam on National Highway 47. The temple is surrounded by Kothai River, Pahrali River and Thamirabarani River. The legend of the temple is associated with Bhagavan Vishnu defeating Demon Kesi. Due to a mistake made by Brahma during a Yajna, two demons appeared. They were Kesan and Kesi. They caused numerous troubles to all living beings. Finally Bhagavan Vishnu annihilated them. Wife of Kesi offered prayers to Ganga River and Tambiraparani River and asked to help her to avenge the death of her husband. The River came in full force to wash off Vishnu who was resting at the spot where the present Thiruvattar Temple stands. When the rivers approached, Bhudevi or Mother Earth raised the ground level where Vishnu was reclining. The two rivers went around th