Lady of the Three Worlds : Goddess Parvati Picture

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Goddess Parvati is the Goddess of Power, Marriage and Motherhood. As Shiva's Queen, she holds a very important position in the Hindu pantheon. She is known as the Sagun Swaroop of Adishakti/Durga, meaning she is the main manifestation of the Supreme Goddess. Parvati is the Shakti of Shiva, and it is believed that without her, Shiva will not be able to destroy or fulfill his role in maintaining the balance of the world (destruction). Parvati is almost always never portrayed alone. She is always either with her husband, Shiva, or with her children Karatikeya and Ganesh.

When the world is threatened, she transforms or calls upon Goddesses Kali, Durga, Kaushiki, Chandika or Chamunda and Katyayani to defeat the demons who dare cause havoc and chaos. One of her most popular legends is her manifestation of the Navadurga (Nine Forms of Durga). Once, while Shiva was away from Kailash, he had no idea that he had left his wife Parvati, pregnant. She gave birth to Ganesha while he was away. One day, before going off to bathe, Parvati instructed Ganesh to stand guard by the door and let no man in to see her unless she is finished. Ganesha does as he is told.

Shiva returns to find Ganesh sitting in front of the door. When he tries to enter, Ganesh stops him as instructed by his mother. When Shiva insists, Ganesh engages him in combat, but he could not beat him, the lord of Destruction called for the help of the other gods but they could not defeat him either. Finally, in a fit of rage, Shiva hurled his trident and cut off Ganesh's head. Parvati sees her son's headless body and she is enraged. Goddess Parvati swears to avenge her son by destroying the world, and therefore she summons the Navadurga.

But after she is appeased, Shiva restores Ganesh's head by replacing it with an elephant's head. And balance was restored.

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Parvati is considered to be the same as Kali, Durga and Adishakti. Even more avatars of her are Sri Lalita Kamakshi and Tripura Sundari

The goddess is usually represented as a fair and beautiful. The colour of her vestments is milk-white, the colour of enlightenment and knowledge. Since white is a combination of all hues it shows that She has all the qualities or Gunas. Since white also depicts huelesness, it indicates that She is devoid of all Gunas. Hence, She is referred to as Trigunatmika (having the three gunas—Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas)—and at the same time being Nirguna (without any gunas). She has three eyes. Her accoutrements tend to be those of a Rishi (seer). She is also usually depicted with jatamukuta or a crown of matted hair, as Shiva is usually depicted. She is also shown as having a crescent moon bound in her locks, like Shiva.

Images of Parvati, wearing a sacred thread something not many women are associated with and as this marks the second-birth or dwija it is seems an advanced concept far beyond early pashupatas, and with her hair styled in a top knot like a Rishi (seer) survive into the Chola period (approximately ninth century A.D.). In fact, these two particularities were the only means of distinguishing her statuary from the images of the Goddess Shri of the time.


Maa Shok Dukh Nivarini, Hey Sarv Mangal Karini |
Hey Chand-Mund Vidarini, Tu Hi Shumbh-Nishumbh Sangharini ||

Hey Mahisha-Danav Mardini, Kaali Hai Tu Hi Kapalini |
Hey Maa Tu Srishti Srijan Kare, Tu Hi Danavo Ka Kalan Kare ||

Durga Tu Hi Lakshmi Tu Hi, Tu Hi Saraswathi Ka Swaroop Hai |
Kan-Kan Mein Tu Hi Samaai Hai, Tu Hi Chaav Hai Tu Hi Dhoop Hai ||

Hey Chintapurani Namostute, Hey Jwala Devi Namostute |
Maa Shera Wali Namostute, Chamunda Devi Namostute ||

Kamakheya Devi Namostute, Minakshi Devi Namostute |
Hey Sarv Shakti Namostute, Tu Hi Yog-Bhakti Namostute ||

Namostute, Namostute, Namostute, Namostute ………….
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