The marriage ceremonies were over. The great assemblage of emperors
and kings, sages and rishis was fast breaking up. King Dasharath had taken his leave of
Janaka and the huge marriage party bad started on its homeward journey. A large contingent
of Ayodhya troops formed the advance guard of the party, numerous citizens and sages
accompanied the royal family. For a while everything went fine. Then all of a sudden the
King witnessed some evil omens. All around all kinds of birds started bellowing out
strange sounds; and a number of animals were seen passing by his right. He immediately
summoned Vasishtha to his presence and expressed his anxiety about what he had noticed.
The great sage though about it for a moment and then told
his King that those two signs together suggest that a great danger was imminent but that
it would pass off without any harm to anybody. At this juncture a violent gale burst out.
Winds swept everything before them, clouds of dust covered everything, the sun was no
longer visible. From this holocaust emerged a giant form. The man had a face brilliant as
sunshine, his hair was tied in a knot over his head, in his right hand be wielded an
outsize bow. The other hand held the famous battle-axe, parashu. The elders immediately
recognised him as Parashurama, the son of Jamadagni.
Author - M.S.Mate