Who is Parvati?
Wikipedia: Parvati is the Hindu goddess of love, fertility and devotion. She is the gentle and nurturing aspect of Hindu goddess Shakti. Also, she is popularly known as the Goddess and source of power and beauty. She is the perfect incarnation of Adi Para Sakthi. She is the mother goddess in Hinduism and has many attributes and aspects. Each of her aspects is expressed with a different name, giving her over 100 names in regional Hindu mythologies of India. Along with Lakshmi (goddess of wealth and prosperity) and Saraswati (goddess of knowledge and learning), she forms the trinity of Hindu goddesses.
Parvati is the wife of the Hindu deity Shiva - the destroyer, recycler and regenerator of universe and all life. She is the daughter of mountain king Parvat and mother Mena. Parvati is the mother of Hindu deities Ganesha and Kartikeya. Her elder sister is goddess Ganges. Some communities also believe her to be the adopted sister of Vishnu.
Parvata comes from the Sanskrit word for "mountain." "Parvati" derives her name from being the daughter of King Himavan (lord of the mountains) and mother Mena.
Who Worships the Goddess?
Parvati is a Hindu goddess, primarily worshiped in South East Asia. During the festival of Teej, women in India (in particular northern and western states of India) worship Parvati, as it celebrates married life and family ties. This festival is marked with swings hung from trees, girls playing on these swings typically in green dress while singing regional songs. Historically, unmarried women prayed to Parvati for a great husband, while married women prayed for the well-being of their husbands. This holiday is also celebrated in Nepal and Punjab.
Parvati is also worshiped as the goddess of harvest and protectress of women and is celebrated along with Ganesh during Ganesh Chaturth.
Another common festival in reverence of Parvati is Navratri. During this festival, her manifestations are worshiped within nine days.
According to Religious Facts, Parvati is the dark-skinned (second) wife of Shiva and the mother of Ganesha and Skanda. According to mythology, Shiva was once married to Sati. Tragically, Sati committed suicide by jumping into a fire, and at the time Shiva could not be consoled. He swore he would never marry again. However, years later, a young women named Parvati ("Daughter of the Mountain") committed herself to living a pure life of meditation to win Shiva over. It's said that she meditated in the Himalayas for years, not budging through driving rain, blistering heat, or elephant stampedes. One day, she heard a child cry in suffering and she immediately sprang up to help. But it was Shiva, testing her resolve. Although she had failed the test, he was so touched that she would give up what she desired most to help someone in need that he took Parvati as his wife.
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