Lord Vishnu plays a very important role in Indian mythology and religion. Parshuram is believed to be his sixth incarnation. In the story of Parshuram, we learn about how wealth plays a very important role in day to day life.
This story is associated with Parshuram who belongs to the Treta Yug. This story reveals how King Kartavirya Sahasrarjuna and his army forcibly tried to take away Parshuram’s father’s cow named Kamdhenu.
Parshuram’s father Jamadagni was a Rishi who needed a cow to run his family. So the king gave him a cow, which became the main source of livelihood for the family. The cow gave milk, which was a source of food as well as dung which was necessary for fuel.
But then one day the king comes and says I want the cow back because the cow seems to be giving a lot of milk and has a lot of powers. And the Rishi says, if you take the cow back you are effectively taking away my patronage and my source of income. How will I survive? How will my family survive? How will I do my job as a Rishi?
But the king does not care; he drags the cow away and that is when Parshuram gets angry and he stops the king which results in war. Rishis are supposed to be non-violent. But at this time Parshuram gets very angry. He picks up an axe and attacks the king, hacks off the king’s hand. It is a very violent battle. It leads to a great confrontation between Kshatriyas and the Rishis.