From the readings and sapthahams and Navahams I attended in Mumbai, I could gather some knowledge which I would like to share with my readers who have always evinced and expressed great interest and inquisitiveness to acquire the knowledge potential. I too strongly believe that the knowledge we gather from books and discourses and even discussions with knowledgeable souls should be shared with others from time to time. Otherwise, it remains futile like the wealth with a miser which is of no use. I am sure these stories and articles which contain good morals will be more helpful particularly, to the younger generation to instil in them a passion for learning our cultural heritage!

Here in these series of articles and stories, I wish to start with some striking stories which I recollect from Bhagavatham etc and I wish to begin with:


By propitiating Dathathreya Rishi, with his blessings, Karthaveeryarjuna had got thousand hands, all prosperities, long life, invincible power and eternal youth as a boon together with a warning that he would die with Maha Vishnu’s hands eventually.

One day, Karthaveeryarjuna, the king of HEHEYA RAJYA, visited Jamadagni’sAsram and he was accorded a cordial and suitable welcome. While returning, he happened to see SUSHILA, the sister of KAMADHENU, the All-giving celestial cow and desired for it, but Jamagagni declined to give it. In a fit of anger and rage, his minister Chandragupta, destroyed many trees there and went away.  Later, the minister and his accomplices killed Jamadagni and stole away the cow on the logic that such a virtuous cow should live in the palace and not in the hermitage. Parasurama was not there at that time. When he returned, he learned everything from his mother and was very much annoyed. He took all his weapons, took Lord Shiva’s blessings and left for Karthaveeryarjuna’s palace. There he challenged him, grounded him and standing on his chest, chopped away all his thousand hands one by one with his divine axe and killed him. Thus, the prediction made by Dathathreya Rishi proved true and he died with the Lord’s hands. His soul, the inner effulgence, identified with the Supreme Soul and he attained salvation!

Pasurama was very much moved by the tears of his widowed mother RENUKA, particularly at the sight of the sad demise of his father and massacred the whole Kshathriyas in a spirit of retaliation. Renuka also died at the sight of her husband’s dead body.  It is believed that he vowed to his departed parents that he would go round the world twenty- one times and destroy all Kshathrias all over the world and executed it. It is believed that he poured the collected blood of the Kshatriyas he murdered in revenge into five pools and also did rituals with the blood to gratify his lost parents. It is also believed that by virtue of his parents’ blessings, all the five pools became five renowned holy pools by name “SAMANTHA PANCHAKAM”! These five holy pools are believed to be in the Kurukshetra land. SAMANTHA PANCHAKAM is the same KURUKSHETRA where the historic BATTLE OF MAHABHARATHA was fought between the KAURAVAS and PANDAVAS!

But he was feeling so penitent about his action and therefore, wanted to donate the entire land to others for some good purpose as an expiation or atonement (prayaschittam). Though he gifted the entire kurukshetra land to KASHYAPA Rishi who was searching for some land for his hermitage, he hesitated to accept it as it was a sinned land and also reluctant to reject for fear of his curse or loss of own life by him. Nevertheless, he went there and was totally surprised at a unique sight. A male and a female cobra were living in a burrow there. Another male cobra came there to romance with it when the male cobra was away, but the female cobra objected and told it, “See, I am already married and my husband is away. So, don’t disturb us, but you just quit.” Still the other cobra wanted to get into a wrongful relationship. Then the female cobra angrily charged at him and he died instantly due to her chastity.

When KASHYAPA Rishi saw this phenomenal incident, he was surprised and convinced that there was no harm in accepting this land where even snakes had a code of conduct and observed the law of chastity or PATHIVRUTHYAM. Thus, he accepted the land for making his hermitage and practising penance and daily meditation. Now, let us go back to see what happened after Parasurama donated his land to Kshyapa Rishi.

After giving away the land of Kurukshethra to Kashyapa Rishi, there was no land left for Parasurama to sit and do his daily prayers and meditations. Consequently, he threw his axe into the Arabian Sea to reclaim some portion for his purpose. The sea gave in and a vast track of vacant land emerged. This reclaimed land gradually became KERALAM, the land of coconut trees. Subsequently, more and more brahmins and others from the neighbouring Tamil Nadu migrated to the present KERALA. The place is now inhabited by people belonging to different faiths and has become a total secular state.

Parasurama, a disciple of Lord Shiva, and an astute Brahmachari is one of the SAPTHA CHIRANJIVIS!

Because Parasurama reclaimed the land from the Arabian sea, KERALA is also called PARASURAMA KSETHRAM or BHARGGAVA KSHETRAM. Moreover, it is also believed that it was initially called Cheralam as it was part of Chera Rajya, which gradually became Keralam. Besides, there are also many other places of worship belonging to all religions in KERALA.

Moral: Even snakes observed chastity or CHARITHRYAM in an epoch!


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  1. Nochur ransbathsb

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful article

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