From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Paraśu literally means ‘that by which the enemies are dismembered,’ ‘a battle-axe’.

The various deities of the pantheon are shown not only with many hands but also with several objects including weapons. One such is the paraśu[1] or the battle- axe. It is generally shown in the hands of the male deities like Śiva and Gaṇeśa and occasionally in the hands of the Devī also. Paraśurāma, considered as one of the ten incarnations of Viṣṇu, had this as his main weapon.



  1. He is also called as khaṇḍaparaśu.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore