Hindu God Parashurama, Vishnu Avatar - Rama with Axe
The sixth avatar, Parshurama,
appeared in the Tretayuga to destroy the warrior caste. Parsu is the
name of an axe-like weapon adopted by this incarnation. Parasuram
was a Brahmin who manifested himself at the close of the satya-yug.
This appearance was for the purpose of defeating the tyranny of the
power-drunk kshatriyas. When the kings of the earth became despotic
and started to harm people and saints in the forest, Vishnu
incarnated as Parshurama and destroyed all the kings who were
harassing the people.
When the Kshatriya kings of the earth and their ministers became
very corrupt and tyrannical, the goddess Prithvi (Mother Earth) went
to Lord Vishnu and prayed for relief. Lord Vishnu answered the
prayer and appeared on the earth as a descendant of the great sage
Brigu. Parasuram avenged the gruesome murder of his father by a
Kshatriya king and freed the earth of oppression perpetrated by the
rulers by clearing the earth of kshatriyas.