Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Kartavirya Arjuna (IAST: KÄrtavÄ«rya Arjuna), was a legendary king of an ancient kingdom during the Ramayana period with capital at Mahishamati which is on the banks of Narmada River in the current state of Madhya Pradesh. Kartavirya was son of Kritavirya, king of the Haihayas. This is his patronymic, by which he is best know; his real name was Arjuna. He is described as having a thousand hands and a great devotee of god Dattatreya. The Puranas recount that Kartavirya Arjuna and his army visited a rishi named Jamadagni, who fed his guest and the whole army with offerings from his divine cow. The king demanded the cow for the betterment of his subjects; Jamadagni refused because he needed the cow for his religious ceremonies. King Kartavirya Arjuna sent his soldiers to take the cow. Parashurama (Jamadagni''s son and one of the DaÅ›ÄvatÄras of Vishnu) killed the entire army and the king with the axe given to him by Shiva. In return, the princes beheaded Jamadagni. In revenge, Parashurama killed the entire clan of Kartavirya Arjuna, thus conquering the entire earth, which he gave to Kashyapa.