Parvati has over 100 names, including Shakti, the mother of the universe.
She is the goddess of fertility, love, beauty, marriage, children, devotion, divine strength and power. She is the Mother Goddess.
Along with Lakshmi and Saraswati, Parvati forms the trinity of Hindu goddesses (Tridevi).
There are many legends associated with Parvati’s name.
The Warrior series in yoga tells the story of Parvati and Lord Shiva, who is the protector and destroyer of evil, the universe and all life.
Sati was the daughter of Daksha Prajapati, the son of Brahma.
She was married to Lord Shiva, but Daksha did not like his son-in-law and refused to invite the couple to a ceremonial sacrifice or party.
Insulted, Sati became enraged and offered her body to the fire to be reborn as Parvati.
Angry, Lord Shiva summoned his messenger Virabhadra (Warrior I) — the hero, the warrior — and sent him to destroy the party.
Virabhadra engaged in a fight with the guests and eventually cut off Daksha’s head (Warrior II), raised it up high (Exalted Warrior) and threw it into the fire (Warrior III) and replaced it with that of a goat.
A common mantra to Parvati (typically done 1008 times for 108 days):
Om Hreem Yoginim Yogini Yogeswari Yoga Bhayankari Sakala Sthavara
Jangamasya Mukha Hridayam Mama Vasam akarsha Akarshaya Namaha
Articles consulted for this blog post:
- The book of the goddess, past and present: an introduction to her religion
- Is the goddess a feminist?: the politics of South Asian goddesses
- The sacred marriage of a Hindu goddess
- Hindu gods and goddesses
- Femininity, equality, and personhood
- The constant and changing faces of the goddess: goddess traditions of Asia
- The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow
- Goddess: Myths of the female divine
- The Indian Great Goddess
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