Parashurama did not hesitate even for a moment. Readily he raised
his axe, chopped off his mother's head and later killed his brothers. As he bowed before
his father in reverence, the latter's anger subsided. However, five persons had been
Jamadagni said: "My son, your devotion to your father has pleased me. Tell me what
is your desire and I shall fulfil it.'"
Parashurama replied: "O father, nothing satisfies me more than fulfilling your
desire. If you want to grant me a boon,
kindly oblige by making my mother and brothers come back to life. Please forgive their
"As you wish," agreed Jamadagni.
The dead rose to life and prostrated before the sage. The ashram's rituals were resumed
unhindered. Thus Parashurama saved his mother and brothers.