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Goddess Parvati

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About Goddess Parvati

Parvati also known as Urvi, is the Goddess of Fertility, Love and Devotion. She is Shakti or pure energy and is revered as the mother Goddess with many attributes and aspects. Along with Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity) and Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge and Learning), she forms the trinity of Hindu Goddesses (Tridevi). Parvati is the wife of Lord Shiva - the protector and regenerator of the Universe and all life. She is the recreative energy and power of Shiva and is the cause of a bond that connects all beings and a means of their spiritual release.

Unique traits of Goddess Parvati

Goddess Parvati, the gentle aspect of Devi Shakti, is represented as fair, beautiful, and benevolent. She typically wears a red dress (often a Sari), and may have a head-band. When depicted alongside Shiva, she generally appears with two arms, but when alone, she may be depicted having four. These hands may hold a conch, crown, mirror, rosary, bell, dish, farming tool such as Goad, Sugarcane stalk, or flowers such as Lotus. One of her arms in front may be in the Abhaya mudra (hand gesture for 'fear not'). One of her children, typically Ganesha, is on her knee, while her younger son Skanda may be playing near her in her watch. 

Incarnations of Goddess Parvati

Parvati is the progenitor of all other Goddesses and is worshiped as one with many forms and names.

  • Durga:Parvati took the form of Durga to kill the demon Durgamasur.
  • Kali:A ferocious form of Parvati, as Goddess of time and change.
  • Chandi:Slayer of the demon Mahishasura.
  • Meenakshi:Goddess with eyes shaped like a fish.
  • Kamakshi: Goddess of love and devotion.
  • Lalita:The playful Goddess of the Universe.
  • Akhilandeshwari:Goddess associated with water.
  • Annapoorna:Representation of all that is complete and of food.
Mythology of Goddess Parvati

Goddess Sati, the first wife of Lord Shiva, is said to be reborn as Parvati the daughter of Himavat and Minavati and resolves to marry Lord Shiva. Her parents learn of her desire and discourage her, but she pursues what she wants. Indra sends God Kama - the Hindu God of love to awaken Shiva from meditation.

Goddess Parvati

Kama reaches Shiva and shoots an arrow of desire. Shiva opens the third eye in his forehead and burns the cupid Kama to ashes. Parvati does not lose her hope or her resolve to win over Shiva. She begins to live in the mountains like Shiva and engages in a life of asceticism. This draws the attention of Shiva and awakens his interest. He meets her in disguised form, tries to discourage her, telling her Shiva's weaknesses and personality problems. Parvati refuses to listen and insists in her resolve. Shiva finally accepts her and they get married.

Unique offerings to Goddess Parvati

Goddess Parvati is said to be fond of all flowers offered to Lord Shiva. Apart from them, Champa, Bela/Mogra, Palash are the flowers that are offered to the Goddess.

Benefits of Praying to Goddess Parvati

Worship of The Divine Goddess Parvati is said to bring about marriage, resolve conflicts between couples and help prevent miscarriage. She is also worshipped for fertility, marital felicity, and devotion to the spouse, asceticism and power.

Navratri is the season in which all nine forms forms of Parvati are worshiped. Durga, Shakti, and Kali are also worshiped during Navratri.

The festival of Teej celebrates married life and family ties. It also celebrates the onset of the monsoon. Unmarried maidens pray to Goddess Parvati for a suitable groom, while married women pray for the well-being of their husbands.

To Participate

The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.

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