Lord Parasurama, also known as the "axe-wielding Rama," was the sixth avatar of Vishnu, whose main objective was to deliver the world from the oppression of the Kshatriya rulers or unrighteous kings who strayed from the path of dharma.
Parasurama Jayanti or the birthday of Lord Parasurama is an major festival for the Brahmin or the Hindu priest class. On this day, devotees worship Parasurama and observe a ritual fast in his honor. Parasurama Jayanti usually coincides with Akshaya Tritiya, which is considered one of the most auspicious days of the Hindu calendar. This year, the festival falls on May 1.
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