Goddess Parvati As King Himavat’s daughter, Sati’s name was changed to Parvati, which means “daughter of the mountain.” She is typically shown as a devoted mother and the goddess of motherhood. She is also the goddess of fertility, love, marriage, and fidelity to divine force and dominance.
The goddess Parvati manifests in a variety of personas, including roles, moods, epithets, and traits; each of these manifestations is worshipped separately as a separate deity. Her involvement in Hindu tales has given rise to more than 100 different titles for her. The goddess stands for the diverse range of contributions that women can make to society and their families.
Tridevi, which is the famine-related variant of Trimurti, is the name given to Parvati, Goddess Lakshmi, and Goddess Saraswati.
Here are some of the few known facts about the goddess Parvati, in addition to her incredible strength and myths:
1. Adi Parashakti – The Universe’s Mother
Adi Parasahakti is another name for Goddess Parvati (First Supreme Energy). It is depicted as a mother whose energy is responsible for the creation, maintenance, and annihilation of the universe in the Puranas. Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar/Shiva are the three gods that were created by the divine Parashakti.
Shiva is claimed to have attained his goal after focusing on and worshipping Adi Parashakti for countless years while reciting the Beeja mantra. She is regarded as the greatest spirit beyond all forms, yet she has the ability to assume any appealing forms.
2. Parvati as Sati or Dakshyani
Parvati is the manifestation of Devi Sati, also known as Dakshyani, a daughter of Daksha who chose to wed Lord Shiva despite her father’s disapproval. Sati and Lord Shiva were derided during a significant yajna that Daksha performed. The enraged Sati assumed her original form, Adi Parashakti, cursed Daksha, and then used a yagna fire to burn herself to death.
Shiva, who was grieving and unhappy about Sati’s passing, made a vow to never be married again and to live a life free of material ties. To break the lord out of his monastic solitude, the gods persisted in having the goddess take another life as Parvati.
The right half of the body is that of Shiva, and the other half is that of Parvati, making up the combined form of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati known as Ardhanarishwara. To balance the forces of both the feminine and the masculine, Parashakti made Shiva from herself.
When Adi Parashakti lost her authority as a Parvati and became the consort of Shiva, it was crucial to demonstrate to everyone that Shiva and Parvati are one being; they are both father and mother, ascetic and worldly, fearsome and gentle, as well as both constructive and destructive. To do this, they must assume their Ardanarishvara forms.
4. Maa Tara: Goddess who Saved Shiva from the Poison Halahala
The second of the Dasa Mahavidyas is Goddess Tara. The Shakti Mahabhagawat claims that she was the one who generated the first seed from which Lord Vishnu was born. When Lord Shiva fell unconscious during Samundra Manthan after ingesting the potent poison Halahala, goddess Parvati manifested as Maa Tara in the guise of a mother and picked up the Lord. Then, Goddess Tara gives Lord Shiva breast milk, assisting Lord Shiva in regaining awareness. Since then, as a result of swallowing the poison she was carrying, Goddess Tara changed into Maa Neel Saraswati and Lord Shiva into Nilkantha.
5. Goddess Annapurna
Shiva once asserted that everything worldly is an illusion while he and Parvati sparred over the value of Prakriti (nature). Parvati became even more incensed when he added that even the food we consume is a delusion. So, in order to emphasise the value of food, Parvati vanished from Kailash. Everyone, even Lord Shiva, started to starve as a result of her kidnapping because food also disappeared. This is why they started asking for the goddess to come back. In response, Parvati made a second appearance as the goddess Annapurna and fed the Kailash family, raising awareness of Prakriti all throughout the world.
6. Goddess Meenakshi
The Maduraian monarchs Queen Kanchanamala and King Malayadwaja Pandyan gave birth to Goddess Meenakshi, one of the manifestations of Goddess Parvati, from a fire pit. Because of her fish-eye eyes, she was given the name Meenakshi. It was odd that the goddess had three breasts. The king was informed that the day she met her soul partner, her third breast would vanish.
She was brought up to be a warrior unconquerable, and she was named the king’s heir. Her third breast vanished as she conquered the universe when she arrived at Mount Kailash and encountered Lord Shiva as “Sundareshwor.” She then married the Lord and brought him to her country.
The Mahabharata’s Karna Parva claims that King Malayadwaja perished at the battle of Kurukshetra. The Mahabharata war was soon followed by the ascension of Goddess Meenakshi to the throne, where she ruled with Lord Shiva as a human.
7. Andakhasura – Asura Son of Parvati
According to the Shiva Purana, Parvati once covered Shiva’s eyes with her hand, and as a result of the intense energy, a sweat droplet fell to the ground. A black, blind infant was born from the perspiration. The son of Shiva and Parvati is named Andakha (meaning born in darkness). Asura Hiranyaksha, who had begged to Shiva for a child, was later given Andakha by Shiva.
After receiving a blessing from Brahma, Andakha eventually tried to kidnap the stunning goddess Parvati without realising that she was his mother. Andakha later learned that Parvati was his true mother after Shiva engaged him in combat and gave him a lesson. Andakha prayed for forgiveness after realising his errors, and both Shiva and Parvati granted it.
8. Vahana (Vehicle) of Goddess Parvati
The lion named “Dawon,” who is also part tiger, is the vahana of the goddess Parvati. The gods proposed Dawon as Parvati’s vahana to serve her (vehicle). In Hindu mythology, Dawon is sometimes referred to as Ghatokbahini Singha, a lion-and-tiger hybrid. (Automobiles owned by Hindu Gods and Goddesses).