50 Facts About Parvati


Parvati's is a physical representation of Mahadevi in her complete form.

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Parvati's is one of the central deities of the Goddess-oriented sect called Shaktism, and the chief goddess in Shaivism.

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Parvati's is the reincarnation of Sati, the first wife of Shiva who immolated herself during a yajna.

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Parvati is the daughter of the mountain king Himavan and queen Mena.

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Parvati is the mother of Hindu deities Ganesha and Kartikeya.

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Parvati is generally portrayed as a gentle, nurturing mother goddess, but is associated with several terrible forms to vanquish evil and demons such as Durga, Kali, the ten Mahavidyas and Navadurgas.

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Parvati's is well known as Kamarupa and Kameshwari (one who fulfill your all desires).

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Parvati's is found extensively in ancient Indian literature, and her statues and iconography grace Hindu temples all over South Asia and Southeast Asia.

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Parvata is one of the Sanskrit words for "mountain"; "Parvati" derives her name from being the daughter of king Himavan ( called Himavat, Parvat) and mother Mainavati.

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Parvati's is referred to as Ambika, Shakti ('power'), Mataji ('revered mother'), Maheshwari ('great goddess'), Durga (invincible), Bhairavi ('ferocious'), Bhavani ('fertility and birthing'), Shivaradni ('Queen of Shiva'), Urvi or Renu, and many hundreds of others.

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Parvati's is the ferocious Mahakali that wields a sword, wears a garland of severed heads, and protects her devotees and destroys all evil that plagues the world and its beings.

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Apparent contradiction that Parvati is addressed as the golden one, Gauri, as well as the dark one, Kali or Shyama, as a calm and placid wife Parvati mentioned as Gauri and as a goddess who destroys evil she is Kali.

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Parvati's appears as the shakti, or essential power, of the Supreme Brahman.

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Weber suggests that just like Shiva is a combination of various Vedic gods Rudra and Agni, Parvati in Puranas text is a combination of wives of Rudra.

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In other words, the symbolism, legends, and characteristics of Parvati evolved fusing Uma, Haimavati, Ambika in one aspect and the more ferocious, destructive Kali, Gauri, Nirriti in another aspect.

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Tate suggests Parvati is a mixture of the Vedic goddesses Aditi and Nirriti, and being a mountain goddess herself, was associated with other mountain goddesses like Durga and Kali in later traditions.

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Parvati is sometimes shown with golden or yellow color skin, particularly as goddess Gauri, symbolizing her as the goddess of ripened harvests.

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Parvati is expressed in many roles, moods, epithets, and aspects.

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Parvati's is expressed in nurturing and benevolent aspects, as well as destructive and ferocious aspects.

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Parvati's is the voice of encouragement, reason, freedom, and strength, as well as of resistance, power, action and retributive justice.

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Parvati's identifies and destroys evil to protect, as well as creates food and abundance to nourish (Annapurna).

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In Linga Purana, Parvati undergoes a metamorphosis into Kali, at the request of Shiva, to destroy an asura Daruk.

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In Skanda Purana, Parvati assumes the form of a warrior-goddess and defeats a demon called Durg who assumes the form of a buffalo.

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Parvati's begins to live in mountains like Shiva, engage in the same activities as Shiva, one of asceticism, yogin and tapas.

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Parvati meets her in disguised form, tries to discourage her, telling her Shiva's weaknesses and personality problems.

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Kalidasa's epic Kumarasambhavam describes the story of the maiden Parvati who has made up her mind to marry Shiva and get him out of his recluse, intellectual, austere world of aloofness.

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Parvati represents the householder ideal in the perennial tension in Hinduism in the household ideal and the ascetic ideal, the latter represented by Shiva.

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Shiva is portrayed in Hindu legends as the ideal ascetic withdrawn in his personal pursuit in the mountains with no interest in social life, while Parvati is portrayed as the ideal householder keen on nurturing worldly life and society.

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When Shiva does his violent, destructive Tandava dance, Parvati is described as calming him or complementing his violence by slow, creative steps of her own Lasya dance.

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In many myths, Parvati is not as much his complement as his rival, tricking, seducing, or luring him away from his ascetic practices.

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The fact that Shiva and Parvati are living in her father's house in itself makes this point, as it is traditional in many parts of India for the wife to leave her father's home upon marriage and become a part of her husband's lineage and live in his home among his relatives.

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Parvati is portrayed as the ideal wife, mother, and householder in Indian legends.

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In Indian art, this vision of the ideal couple is derived from Shiva and Parvati as being half of the other, represented as Ardhanarisvara.

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Parvati's finds happiness in the physical, emotional nourishment and development of her husband and her children.

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Parvati's is positive and cheerful even when her husband or her children are angry, she's with them in adversity or sickness.

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Parvati's takes interest in worldly affairs, beyond her husband and family.

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Parvati's is cheerful and humble before family, friends, and relatives; helps them if she can.

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Parvati's welcomes guests, feeds them, and encourages righteous social life.

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Parvati's is balanced by Durga, who is strong and capable without compromising her femaleness.

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Parvati is seen as the mother of two widely worshipped deities — Ganesha and Kartikeya, as well as some other regional deities including a goddess named Ashokasundari.

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Parvati is the primary deity of the festival, and it ritually celebrates married life and family ties.

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Parvati is worshipped as the goddess of harvest and protectress of women.

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Parvati is often present with Shiva in Saivite Hindu temples all over South Asia and Southeast Asia.

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Each major Parvati-Shiva temple is a pilgrimage site that has an ancient legend associated with it, which is typically a part of a larger story that links these Hindu temples across South Asia with each other.

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Many of the temples in Java dedicated to Siva-Parvati are from the second half of 1st millennium AD, and some from later centuries.

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The sculpture of Parvati found at this excavation site reflects the South Indian style.

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Parvati, locally spelled as Parwati, is a principal goddess in modern-day Hinduism of Bali.

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Parvati's is more often called Uma, and sometimes referred to as Giriputri.

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Parvati is closely related in symbolism and powers to Cybele of Greek and Roman mythology and as Vesta the guardian goddess of children.

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Carl Jung, in Mysterium Coniunctionis, states that aspects of Parvati belong to the same category of goddesses like Artemis, Isis and Mary.

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