King Dasaratha, accompanied by the princes and their newly married wives returned to Ayodhya. They were living happily for some time when one day the terrible Parasuraama, the sworn enemy of Kshatriyas (kings), came like thunder and lightning. He had a bow on one shoulder and a battle-axe on the other, with an arrow shining like lightning in his hand. He was the son of Sage Jamadagni and had killed many kings in the past as a revenge for the harm done by them to his family.
He was received with all honors by Dasaratha and seated in the great hall. Parasuraama then spoke to Rama: "Son of Dasaratha, I have heard of your great strength. I was surprised to learn that you strung Shiva’s bow in King Janaka's court and that you drew the string till the bow broke. Here is my bow, equal in all respects to the one that you broke. This is the bow of Vishnu which was with my father. If you are able to string this bow, I will consider you really a great warrior prince.”
Parasuraama spoke in a loud and arrogant tone. To him Rama replied in courteous manner, yet in firm tones: "Son of Jamadagni! You have been vengeful because your father was killed by a king. I do not blame you for that. But you cannot put me down as you have humbled others. Please give me your bow."
So saying, he took the bow and arrow from Parasuraama. He strung the bow and setting the arrow to it, drew the string. Looking at Parasuraama, he said with a smile: "This mighty Vaishnava arrow placed on the string cannot be put back idly. It must destroy something. Tell me, shall it destroy you, or would you rather that it consumes the fruits of your tapas?"Parasuraama then knew that he had lost all his great powers and that he was facing Lord Vishnu himself. He said mildly to the Rama: "I realise who you are. I am not sorry that you have removed my arrogance. Let all my tapas go to you. Subject to this, let the arrow which you have set to the bow consume all my power earned through tapas." So saying, Parasuraama paid his respects to Rama and humbly departed.