Parvati is a well known goddess in the Hindu mythology. Goddess Parvati
is the divine consort of Lord Shiva, the trinity god. Parvati is also
considered as a representation of Shakti or Durga, but the gentle aspect
of that goddess not the fierce one. Maa Parvati is beautifully presented
in the Hindu Literature as being beautiful, as a mediator in the
conflicts of heaven, as a daughter of the Great Himalayan Mountains and
as the divine sister of Goddess Ganga.
The divine motherly love of Parvati is visible with her two children
Ganpati and Kartikay. According to the Hindu Belief, Parvati is the
second consort of Shiva, the Hindu God of destruction and rejuvenation.
Although, she is not different from Dakshayani (Sati), being the
reincarnation of that former consort of Lord Shiva.
Parvati - Form of Shakti
Parvati is believed to be one of the many forms of "Shakti".
People take her to be the divine sister of Maa Kali, Maa Lakshmi, Maa
Saraswati, Durga and all other forms of Shakti. Durga (Goddess beyond
reach) and Kali (Goddess of Destruction) are the two fierce but very
powerful forms of Parvati.
Goddess Parvati - Other Names
The word Parvati has been derived from a Sanskrit word "Parvat"
meaning mountain. So, "Parvati" means "she of the
mountains" and suggests that Parvati is the daughter of Himavat
(the personification of the Himalayas) and the apsara (fairy) Mena.
Lalita, Uma, Gauri, Kali, Durga, Haimavati etc are the other names for
Parvati. Amba is the other name of Parvati being the mother of the
universe and Ambika, being the 'mother'. As Lalita, she represents the
aspect of beauty and magnificence. Lalita Saharanama contains a thousand
of her names.
Parvati - Her Symbolism
Goddess Parvati symbolizes noble virtues admired by the Hindu religion.
Parvati is the better half of Lord Shiva, the most innocent and the
fiercest god in Hindu tradition. The couple together symbolizes both
power of renunciation and asceticism and the blessings of marital
felicity. There are legends behind the marriage of lord Shiva and
Parvati, being a devotee of Shiv-Shambhu. Parvati did a lot of tap in
order to get Shiva as her soul mate. Parvati's dedication was really
true which made Lord Shiva to marry her.
Fertility, marital felicity, devotion to the spouse, asceticism and
power are different virtues symbolized by Parvati. These virtues are
highly valued by the Hindu tradition. As per a famous literary work on
the goddess, Saundarya Lahiri, Parvati is the source of all the power in
this universe and Lord Shiva gets all his powers from her.