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Parashu Weapon - The Divine Axe Weapon of Parshuram and Shiva

Parashu, axe, is the divine weapon associated with Parashurama , the sixth incarnation of Vishnu. The divine weapon was given to Parshuram by Shiva. Legend has it that Shiva got this axe after the infamous Daksha Yaga in which Mother Sati self immolated . After Sati’s death, Shiva in a fit of rage had unleashed the trident (Trishul) which was finally stopped by Nara Narayana . Narayana, who was meditating in Badrayashrama, deviated the trident towards Shiva. Shiva whose anger remained uncontrollable approached Narayana with the trident . Nara who was meditating nearby took an arrow and released it towards Shiva. The arrow soon changed into an axe. Shiva then made this Axe as his weapon. Years later Sri Parashuram left home to do austerities to please Shiva. Shiva was pleased with Parashuram’s extreme devotion, intense piety and unmoved and perpetual meditation. Shiva presented Sri Parashuram with divine weapons. The most important was the unconquerable and indestructi