Hindu mythology

PARVATI

Hindu Mother Goddess

Also known as UMA

Goddess of Beauty and 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 KARTTIKEYA.

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, 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
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: UMA

Gender: Female
Type: deity
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Motherhood
Area of expertise: Mother

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 7460

Article last updated on 30 November 2017 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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