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Pushkara, Jind

The shrine of Pushkara is located in village Ponkar Kheri, which is twenty kilometres south of Jind. It was set up by Parasurama, the son of Jamadagni and Renuka, whose reference is found in Puranic scriptures. He was the disciple of Shiva. His family lineage descended from Brahma.

Parasurama is regarded as the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and was blessed with immortality. It is believed that he performed long and severe penance to propitiate Shiva. Pleased by his devotion, Shiva taught him martial arts and gifted him an axe.

It is said that his father was killed by a Kshatriya king, Kartavirya, which enraged Parasurama so much that he avenged the death of his father by killing Kshatriyas twenty one times.

He also taught martial arts to Karna and Dronacharya of Mahabharata. He was the founder of several Brahmin dynasties. According to tradition, a prayer in this temple is returned with merit of performing Asvamedha sacrifice. Offering prayer to one's ancestors is considered quite pious and holy.

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