It was a pleasant day in spring
when the colorful nature had made the surroundings shine with charm and fragrance. Renuka,
the devoted wife of Jamadagni, had to get the Ganga water, for her husband's Fire worship,
and accordingly, proceeded to the river with a pot.
The Ganga was flowing majestically. At that time a 'Gandharvas' (celestial being) named
Chitraratha was enjoying a festive bath and was engaged in frolic with his wives. Renuka
was watching these activities for some time. She had been somewhat mesmerized and after a
while awakened herself realizing her duty to carry the pot of water to her husband.
She rushed back to the hermitage.
Jamadagni was a sage possessing supreme vision. He visualized the reason for his wife's
delayed arrival. He was angered at her and took umbrage at her becoming 'impure' by
witnessing Chitraratha with unbecoming interest. He called out his sons and ordered them
to kill her!
The children were shocked; they could not believe their own ears. How can they kill
their own mother? They stood transfixed. Jamadagni was now furious, seeing that his sons
were not obeying him. Parashurama returned after a while, and Jamadagni asked his son to
kill his mother and also the 'disobedient' brothers.