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PARVATI

Indian Mother Goddess

Goddess of Fertility and consort of SHIVA

A reincarnation of SATI, she had the hots for SHIVA. But beautiful young dancing girls were not really his thing. He much preferred a good book — preferably a really boring one about asceticism.

Love makes people do strange things. In PARVATI’s case, she renounced all fun and dedicated her life to being as dull and austere as her hero. Of course SHIVA found her drab lifestyle incredibly alluring and she became his partner. The resulting children included GANESHA and SKANDA.

At some point during her austerity practice she became a little worried about the darkness of her skin and hid herself away in a forest. After praying to BRAHMA he rewarded her dedication by giving her a golden skin and allowing her to become GAURI(2), the ‘Yellow’ or ‘Brilliant One’.

In this guise she is pretty good and benevolent, but there is a KALI side to her nature as well. Watch out if her eyes go red.

PARVATI FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : PARVATI
Location : India
Gender : Female
Type : deity
In charge of : Motherhood
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 111

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Article last updated on 09 February 2013 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "PARVATI: Mother Goddess from Indian mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 09 Feb. 2013. Web. 1 August 2014.

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