Jaipur, April 28 : Rajasthan’s government school libraries will now stock books on the life and times of Lord Parshuram.
This was stated by education minister Vasudev Devnani on the occasion of Parshuram Jayanti today. He also hoped that books on Lord Parshuram would be included in the syllabus from next year.
Legend goes that Parshuram was a disciple of Shiva and learned the scriptures and the arts of warfare from Shiva. He then acquired celestial weapons from Shiva and the other gods on Shiva’s instructions. Parshuram was a mighty warrior and reappeared as the martial instructor of Vishnu’s 10th avatar Kalki.
The story of Lord Parshuram goes that once King Kartavirya Arjuna (Sahasrarjuna) and his army visited Jamadagni, a Brahmin sage, who fed his guest and the whole army with his divine cow Surabhi; the king demanded the magical cow but Jamadagni refused because he needed the cow for his religious ceremonies. King Kartavirya Arjuna (Sahasrarjuna) sent his soldiers to take the cow and Parshuram killed the entire army and the king with his axe. In return, the prince beheaded Jamadagni, who was Parshuram’s father.
When Parshuram returned home he found his mother crying hysterically. He asked why she was crying, she beat her chest 21 times. In a rage, Parshuram vowed to exterminate the world’s Kshatriyas 21 times. He killed the entire clan of Kartavirya Arjuna (Sahasrarjuna), thus conquering the entire earth. He offered his dead father’s soul tarpana with the blood of the kings and warriors he slew. He then conducted the Ashwamedha sacrifice, done only by sovereign kings, and gave the entire land he owned to the priests who performed at the yagya.
Parshuram Jayanti was celebrated in Jaipur today as Shashtra Jayanti or Day.
Education Minister Devnani, with a RSS background, is a stickler for incorporating more stories and texts of Indian heroes and warriors.
Earlier Devnani courted controversy when he said the word ‘Great’ suffixed to Akbar as Akbar the Great, should be removed. Many allege there has been a concerted effort to rewrite the history books in Rajasthan when Devnani had said Maharana Pratap had won the Battle of Hadlighati rather than Emperor Akbar. He claimed that “if Akbar had indeed won against Maharana Pratap, why did he wage war against Pratap six more times? History has been saying Akbar was great, when research done till now proves that Maharana Pratap was great.”
Rajasthan’s new incorporations in secondary and senior secondary classes in government schools includes chapters on “socially relevant schemes” that propagate the flagship initiatives of BJP governments at the Centre and in the state.
The textbooks in Hindi outlines how an entrepreneur should look i.e the desirable physical attributes of an entrepreneur should include a “good height” and “beautiful complexion”. The textbooks, dedicated to Centre’s and state’s flagship schemes concentrate mainly on announcements made by Prime Minister and instructs students to “internalise each word” of his Swacch Bharat pledge.