ROLE AS WARRIOR
period, another facet came to light; it was the most dreadful and also fulfilled
the purpose of his incarnation. There lived in the Narmada valley a king by name
Kartavirya belonging to Haihaya dynasty, famous as Sahasrarjuna. Being blessed
by Dattratreya with thousand arms, he embarked upon digvijayayatra and conquered
many king. He did not limit his greed with the conquest of kshatrias, but stretched
it further and proved a veritable yama to rishis by destroying hermitages and
the like, for his mere sadistic delight. When Vasistha's asram was razed,
Vasistha cursed that soon his thousand arms would be cut off. He challenged the
sea, as all the kings were subdued by then. But the sea politely withdrew saying
that he would find soon a match in war. It was at this juncture Kartavirya's
sons bloated with the pride of father's conquests, seized by force the Kamadhenu
from Jamadagni's asram. Parasuram asserted and entered into the warfield.
Kartavirya though displayed his extraordinary powers, self-acquired and
god-given he could not stand against Parasurama's invincible powers. He bit the
dust and returned the Kamadhenu.