How is Parashuram in both Ramayana and Mahabharata?

Meenakshi, 22nd November 2013

Hare Krishna,

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Ramayan dates back to Treta yuga (editor:over 2 million years ago) and Mahabharat dates to Dwapar yuga (editor:5000 years ago)…but in both there is mention of Parashuram…so what’s the time lag between Ramayan and Mahabharat and what’s age of Parashuram…to be part of both?

your humble servant

Rathin Mandal, 23rd November 2013

Hare Krishna Mataji,

Please accept my humble obeisances,
All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Srimati Gurumataji,

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I can attempt to give the answer to first part of the question.
The four yugas make up a cycle which lasts 4,320,000 years. The duration of each yuga is:
SATYA YUGA:     1,728,000 years
TRETA YUGA:        1,296,000 years
DVAPARA YUGA:    864,000 years
KALI YUGA:        432,000 years

Mahabharata was towards the end of Dvapara yuga. So according to earthly time, Paraśurāma has a very long life.

But Lord Brahma’s one day is of 4,300,000,000 years, so the yuga time periods are very small compared to one day of Lord Brahma.

your Servant

Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 23rd November 2013

Hare Krishna Mataji,

Please kindly accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Gurudeva.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Also, Lord Parashurama is a shaktyavesha avataar, an empowered incarnation of Krishna who appears in the material world for a specific reason, so there is no ordinary limitation of birth, death, old age, and disease for Him.

Mahabhagavat Das

Harish, 23rd November 2013

Hare Krsna !
Rathin Prabhu due to oversight has written “The four yugas make up a cycle which lasts 4,320,000 years.” But then he had classified the yugas properly.

Not only Lord Parshuram, but also devotee of Lord Rama – Jambavanta, the king of bears appears in both the yugas.

thank you.

your servant,

Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 25th November 2013

Yes, I missed that myself also. One thousand cycles of 4 yugas (1000 X 4.32 million years) make up one day of Brahma, and Lord Brahma’s one night is equal to the same period.
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One thought on “How is Parashuram in both Ramayana and Mahabharata?”

  1. Hare Krishna

    Please accept my humble obeisances.

    It is a very nice observation abd very nice explanations by devotees. This period of Lord Krishna’s manifestation was very wonderful because at once we had 3 of his incarnations personally present.

    Lord himself in his original form Lord Krishna, Lord Parashurama and Krishna Dvaipyana Veda Vyasa.

    They all were personally present in the yagna of Sri Yudhistira and as being shaktya incarnations they were beyond our limitations.

    Infact it is also said Veda Vyasa still is living in the Himalayas but is not visible to mundane vision but was witnessed by Sri Madhvacharya.

    Your humble servant
    Hanuman Dasa


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