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How Many Times Did Parashurama Kill The Ksatriyas?

There is often a question amongst the students of Shrila Prabhupada's books regarding the pastime of the incarnation of Lord Sri Krishna named Parashurama—the son of Maharsi Jamadagni and Srimati Renuka; the sixth incarnation of Lord Krishna, who appeared in ancient times to overthrow the warrior class when they had become degraded— How is it possible that Parashurama killed the Kshatriyas (warrior class) 21 times? Can't a person be killed only once? Shrila Prabhupada answers this in the following conversation.

Prabhupada: North, north of Russia, still they’re Huns. Kirata-hunandhr. Kirata means the Africans. So the Europeans, originally Indian ksatriyas, some of them came to this side, being afraid of being killed by Parasurama. Ksatriya-rudhira-maye jagad-apagata-papam (Sri Dasavatara-stotra 6). He was, twenty-one times killed all the ksatriyas.

Hamsaduta: What does that mean, twenty-one times? You mean they took birth again, and then He . . .

Prabhupada: No, no. Twenty-one times there's seven years war.

Hamsaduta: Seven . . . twenty-one wars. Campaigns.

Prabhupada: Yes. So at that time some of them fled from, and settled up here.

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