perturbed at this turn of events and he begged that his son Rama should be spared the
trial. He said to Parasuraama: "You are a Braahmana. We have heard that, satiated
with your revenge, you have gone back to tapas as becomes your order, in pursuance of your
plighted word to Indra, after giving away the earth you had conquered to Kaashyapa.
Is it proper that you should break your vow, and seek to injure a
prince of tender years who has done you no wrong, and who is dearer to us than life?"
Parasuraama heard him unmoved without so much as looking at him, and addressed
himself solely to Rama, as though the others did not exist: "Viswakarma originally
made two exactly similar bows.