ACK-007:Parashurama

Parashurama Bhargava or Parasurama according to Hindu mythology is the Sixth Avatara of Vishnu, belongs to the Treta yuga, and is the son of Jamadagni & Renuka. Parashu means axe, hence his name literally means Rama-with-the-axe. He received an axe after undertaking a terrible penance to please Shiva, from whom he learned the methods of warfare and other skills. He is a Chiranjeevin*, who fought the advancing ocean back thus saving the lands of Konkan and Malabar (Maharashtra - Karnataka - Kerala coastline). The coastal area of Karnataka and Kerala state in India is known as Parashurama Kshetra (Parashurama's area). Some dispute this and say it extends all the way to Mumbai in Maharashtra.

* Chiranjeevins are the eight long-lived persons in Hinduism. The word is a combination of "chiram" (long) and jeevi (lived). This word is often confused with immortality ("amaratva"):
  1. Bali (demon), a righteous demon king who conquered heaven, earth, and the underworld, but was forced to give it back by Vamana.
  2. Parashurama, an avatar of Vishnu.
  3. Hanuman, a monkey demi-god who served Rama.
  4. Vibhishana, a man made King of Lanka (now Sri Lanka) by Rama.
  5. Vyasa, a sage who narrated the Mahabharata, he was also a sage in the epic.
  6. Kripacharya, a teacher of the princes in the Mahabharata.
  7. Ashwathama, a man "sentenced" (actually cursed) to immortality and eternal suffering without love from anybody for his role in the murder of the five sons of the Pandavas and his attempted murder of Arjuna's grandson.
  8. Markandeya, a great sage
In Hinduism, "immortal" does not mean eternal. Even immortal things are dissolved at the end of the universe. The only eternals are Vishnu and Shiva of the Trimurthi (the Hindu Trinity), Sheshanaga (the Eternal Serpent), and the four Vedas. At the end of one universe and the beginning of another, a demon attempted to become eternal by "swallowing" the Vedas as they escaped from Brahma's mouth. This plot was foiled by Vishnu.

Many many thanks to “Ajnaabi” for providing ACK scan.

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17 comments:

Anonymous June 19, 2008 at 1:37 AM  

Simply astounding!

Keep up the good work...Hoping to see "The Mahabharatha" and "The Ramayana" pretty soon.

Deb June 19, 2008 at 9:05 AM  

Excellent comic, Prabhat & Ajnaabi!

Keep it up, guys!

Behniwal June 19, 2008 at 11:21 AM  

This is a great "comical" service. Can we expext the Mahabharata series soon?

Grouchy's Comics June 19, 2008 at 2:03 PM  

This was one of my favorites when I was younger. Thanks so much!

Prabhat's Books and Comics June 19, 2008 at 3:49 PM  

anonymous: Thanks. We will fulfill your demand, but take some time.

deb: Welocome.

behniwal: Welcome. After few months it will be possible.

grouchy's comics: Welcome.

deepak June 20, 2008 at 3:55 AM  

terrific.....especially since this title is out of print.....thanks a lot....

ruchi June 20, 2008 at 6:22 AM  

read it on your other blog.........thanx though, plz try and post some new comics too, which you have not posted on your other blog.
thanx

SagNik June 20, 2008 at 7:34 AM  

Parashurama: Among MY favorites!! I always thrilled wid these tales frm Mahabhart! :-)

Keep it up buddy,,,,,

adibud34 June 20, 2008 at 8:17 AM  

Awesome work, Prabhat!!!! Excellent comics!!! I've just been browsing through the whole lot, and there's so much I've missed since I last came! Great job!!! You have certainly breathed a new spirit into this blog!!! Fantastic work! :)

Prabhat's Books and Comics June 20, 2008 at 10:39 AM  

Friends can any one provide the cover pages of “Golden sand”?

deepak: Welcome. Really it was reprinted as #578, but publisher is not selling at present.

ruchi: ok. Next post is coming especially on your demand. Only today got 2 fresh scans. One is missing cover.

dara: Welcome. Glad to know.

adibud34: Welcome. I believe, all ACK are too good. And I love our history, literature, culture and its heritage.

Prabhat's Books and Comics June 20, 2008 at 9:02 PM  

Dear friends, good news, Anupam is going to join this blog.

DesiGuru June 21, 2008 at 8:29 AM  

hey, great blog! ACK is really dream come true, it was the second most popular comics after Indrajal!

I hv Ramayan, not my scan, but downloaded from somewhere. will send across.

Prabhat's Books and Comics June 21, 2008 at 11:16 AM  

desiguru: welcome. If it is around 9 mb, I have it. Searching for better version. thanks for offer. Pls visit regularly, many more are coming.

Anonymous June 21, 2008 at 5:15 PM  

last pages r missing .... from Chandra Shekhar Azad .....

plz can u post last 6 pages again besides the download link ....

Prabhat's Books and Comics June 21, 2008 at 5:44 PM  

Anonymous: Dear Friend, link is working properly, I just downloaded, all pages are there. Pls download again.

கோகுல் சத்தியமூர்த்தி June 23, 2008 at 12:16 AM  

I just stumbled in to this blog. Great effort & thanks a lot for the hard work you all are doing here.

I, sure, will be a regular here.

Prabhat's Books and Comics June 23, 2008 at 2:57 AM  

gokul sathiyamoorthy: Welcome. If there will be regular visitors, we will. After all it is for all of you.

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