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Illustration of an Indian woman holding a flower
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INDIAN SCHOOL, LATE 18TH CENTURY

परशुराम अवतार Parashurama Avatar

circa 1790

RCIN 1005115.i

Folio 6

Parashurama, on the right with his axe,was the sixth avatar of Vishnu. He is slaying the thousand-armed warrior king Kartavirya, seen on the left with many of his arms already chopped off and lying on the ground. In a temple courtyard in the right background are the body of Parashuma's father, Jamadagni (whose death he is avenging), and his mother Renuka. Flying on the left is Jamadagni's stolen wish-granting cow who has escaped to the sky.

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