Parvati

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Parvati (Tamil: பார்வதி, Sanskrit: पार्वती,telugu:పార్వతి Pārvatī, Malayalam: പാര്‍വതി Parvathy; is a Hindu goddess. Parvati is Shakti herself, considered as as wife of Parameshwara Shiva, albeit the gentle aspect of that goddess because she is a mother goddess or Parameshwari. Parvati is also considered as the supreme Divine Mother or Lady and all other goddesses are referred to as her incarnations or manifestations. Shaktas consider her as the ultimate Divine Shakti — the embodiment of the total energy of the universe.

In Shaktism she is regarded as Absolute reality i.e. Parambrahman. This means She is GOD in her nirgun form i.e. Goddess Bhuveneshwari or Adi parashakti, who is dynamic essence of the Formless Static GOD. She is primary diety in Shaktism just as Lord Krishna is Vaishnava tradition and Lord Shiva in Shavism Tradition.

Parvati is nominally the second consort of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and rejuvenation. However, she is not different from Satī, being the reincarnation of that former consort of Shiva. Parvati is the mother of the gods Ganesha and Skanda (Kartikeya). Some communities also believe her to be the sister of Vishnu. She is also regarded as the daughter of the Himalayas. Another one of her names is "Sahana". The meaning of Sahana is 'pure', that is, 'pavitra', in Hindi.

Parvati, when depicted alongside Shiva, appears with two arms, but when alone, she is shown having four arms, and astride a tiger or lion. Generally considered a benign goddess, Parvati also has fearful aspects like Durga, Kali, Chandi, and the Mahavidyas as well as benevolent forms like Mahagauri, Shailputri, and Lalita.

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