Parvati (Sanskrit: , IAST: Prvat) or Uma (IAST: Um) is the Hindu goddess of fertility, love and devotion; as well as of divine strength and power. Known by many other names, she is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the Hindu goddess Shakti and one of the central deities of the Goddess-oriented Shakta sect. She is the mother goddess in Hinduism, and has many attributes and aspects. Each of her aspects is expressed with a different name, giving her over 100 names in regional Hindu stories of India. Along with Lakshmi (goddess of wealth and prosperity) and Saraswati (goddess of knowledge and learning), she forms the trinity of Hindu goddesses (Tridevi).
Parvati Mother Goddess, Goddess with Creative Power
A 12th-century sculpture of Parvati Devanagari Sanskrit transliteration Prvat Affiliation Tridevi, Adi Parashakti, Shakti, Devi, Kali, Durga, Tripura Sundari, Sati (Goddess) Abode Mount Kailash Mount Tiger (Manasthala), Lion (Dawon) and Nandi. Consort Shiva Children Ganesha and Kartikeya Regional: Ashokasundari Parents Himavan (Daksha) Men (Mainvati) Edited by SilverBell - 2 years ago
Parvati is the wife of the Hindu god Shiva - the protector, the destroyer (of evil) and regenerator of universe and all life. She is the daughter of the mountain king Himavan and queen Mena. Parvati is the mother of Hindu deities Ganesha and Kartikeya. The Puranas also referenced her to be the sister of the god Lord Vishnu and the river-goddess Ganga.
With Shiva, Parvati is a central deity in the Shaiva sect. In Hindu belief, she is the recreative energy and power of Shiva, and she is the cause of a bond that connects all beings and a means of their spiritual release. In Hindu temples dedicated to her and Shiva, she is symbolically represented as the argha or yoni. She is found extensively in ancient Indian literature, and her statues and iconography grace Hindu temples all over South Asia and Southeast Asia.
Durga is a demon-fighting form of Parvati, and some texts suggest Parvati took the form of Durga to kill the demon Durgamasur. Kali is another ferocious form of Parvati, as goddess of time and change, with mythological origins in the deity Nirriti. Chandi is the epithet of Durga, considered to be the power of Parvati; she is black in color and rides on a lion, slayer of the demon Mahishasura. Ten Mahavidyas are the ten aspects of Shakti. In tantra, all have importance and all are different aspects of Parvati. 52 Shakti Peethas suggests all goddesses are expansions of the goddess Parvati. Navadurga nine forms of the goddess Parvati Meenakshi, goddess with eyes shaped like a fish. Kamakshi, goddess of love and devotion. Lalita, the playful Goddess of the Universe, she is a form of the Devi Parvati. Akhilandeshwari, found in coastal regions of India, is the goddess associated with water. Annapurna is the representation of all that is complete and of food.