Parasuram Jayanti

Date    :   May 6, 2011
Venue :  Especially, the state of Kerala and the Konkan region

Parasuram Jayanti is believed to be the birthday or appearance day of Lord Parasurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu born as a Brahmin warrior-saint who wielded the parasu, an axe-like weapon. He is credited with the creation of Kerala and the Konkan area, known as Parasurama bhoomi or the land of Parasurama.

The festival is observed on Akshaya Tritiya, the third day of Shukla Paksha during Vaisakh month, in many parts of India. In 2011, it falls on the sixth of May 6. However, Kerala and the neighbouring areas celebrate the day in December.

The people of the Konkan area observe the festival with great piety and fervour. It is of the utmost importance, especially to the Brahmins in the region, as the Lord was also a Brahmin. Fasting is observed by many devotees here as the festival coincides with Akshaya Tritiya, a day of traditional, ritualistic fasts.