Parvati: Everything You Need to Know

In honor of Navratri...Parvati is a family Goddess, known for her wifely devotion to Lord Shiva. She has many other names and aspects. Often Durga, Shakti, and Kali might be considered other forms of Parvati. Why Worship Parvati * Stories * Symbolism * Holidays * How She Is Worshiped * Mantras and BhajansWhy Worship Parvati? As a Goddess of family and love, she is the one to turn to for help with marriage, parenting, and fertility. She has remarkable strength and determination. Som … [Read more...]

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Meet a Goddess: Parvati

Parvati is the wife of Shiva.She represents love and devotion. She is also called Shakti, the energy (particularly female energy) of the universe. She is also associated with Durga and sometimes Kali as well. The name Parvati means "she of the mountains." Since she and Shiva are both associated with austerity and living away from the world, they are connected with mountain living.It is through Parvati/Shakti that all life energy comes. (In Shakta texts, she is said to ascend beyond even … [Read more...]

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Meet a God: Shiva

The final God in the trinity is Shiva. He is known as the destroyer. What he destroys is ignorance, pride, and anything standing in the way of enlightenment.There are many different forms of Shiva that you will see depicted. Sometimes he is meditating on a tiger rug, his hair wild. Sometimes he is the lord of dance, the Nataraja.A few years ago my cousin found a lovely gift for me at an art show, it is a mini altar to Shiva that is hung next to my front door. Each time I leave the house … [Read more...]

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