Back in satyug, the Western Coast of India was threatened by turbulent waves and storms that engulfed the entire area into the sea. At that time, Lord Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, intervened and fought the seas and recovered the land using his parshu. Since the land was filled with salt, it was barren. Lord Parshuram then called upon the Lord of Snakes with his penance and requested the snakes to neutralize the salt with their venom, and thus the land became fertile. Since then the coastal areas of Kerala, Konkan, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra came to be known as Parashurama Kshetra or Land of Parashuram.
King Rambhoja who ruled the entire Parashurama Kshetra once killed a snake by mistake while ploughing the land. In repentance, Rambhoja was directed by Parashurama to build a rajathatpeetha, or large silver pedestal, with the image of a serpent at its four corners in obeisance. Parashurama also ordered that the King distribute gold to the needy, equal to his own weight as Tulabhara. So much for taking a life by mistake…
Today in the heart of Parashurama Kshetra animals are being mistreated and slaughtered mercilessly, including the cow – the animal in the honour of which Parshuram had waged a full-scale war and eventually killed Kritveerya, for the act of stealing the Kamdhenu cow from his father Jamadagni.
- Kerala has no law against cow-slaughter.
- Karnataka chief minister is out to put a ban on the anti-slaughter law
- Goa was recently exposed to mass-scale illegal slaughter being carried out at the Goa Meat Complex
Parshuram who never allowed his soldiers to attack animals even during war, I wonder what he would have to say seeing the mass-scale slaughter that is taking place in the very land and by the very people that he had once saved from the wrath of nature. Abusing the animals and life that is a part of creation, the kshetra is once again calling upon the wrath of nature, the threat this time being not the sea but the plethora of diseases and bugs that are engulfing them through the beef and other products of the cattle they kill and consume.
NON VEGETARIANS BEWARE!
Recently, the Environmental Working Group analysed the latest research and US government tests of supermarket beef and found antibiotic-resistant bacteria or superbugs that can trigger foodborne illness and infections that are hard to treat, to be common in the meat aisles of American supermarkets. EWG’s calculations reflect alarmingly high levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria on 55% of the ground beef sold in the market. And these are the figures in one of the most developed nations of the world. Back home, in the heart of country where it is hard to even find clean drinking water or proper sanitation, one can only imagine what the state of affairs would be.