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In this post, you’ll learn who Goddess Parvati is, her symbols, her attributes, her story and how to summon her.
Table of contents:
- Who is Goddess Parvati?
- Video about Parvati
- What are Parvati symbols?
- Goddess of Love, Shiva’s Wife
- Goddess of Marriage, the Divine Couple
- How to summon Parvati?
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Who is Goddess Parvati?
Goddess Parvati is the Indian Goddess of Love and Marriage. Parvati is the second wife of Shiva, the God of Destruction and Transformation (the first wife was Sati, a former incarnation of Parvati). The couple has got two children: Ganesha and Kartikeya. Ganesha is the God of Wisdom and Kartikeya is the God of War.
Parvati is one of the many manifestations of Goddess Durga, the Goddess which represents the supreme female power in Hindu Mythology. Parvati represents a kind and motherly side of hers. Alongside with Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of Arts and Wisdom) and Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Prosperity and Abundance), Parvati is part of a Trinity of Hindu Goddesses known as Tridevi.
The Goddess Parvati is a calm and serene Hindu Goddess, full of love. Parvati is also considered a Fertility Goddess and her devotees usually ask her for good marriages, for solving love affairs and for attracting love in a general way.
Video about Parvati
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What are Parvati symbols?
Parvati’s main symbols are:
- The Trident (Shiva);
- Lotus Flower;
- Anything related to dancing.
Parvati is considered to be:
- Goddess of Love;
- Goddess of Marriage;
- Goddess of Devotion;
- Goddess of Fertility;
- Goddess of Divine Strength;
- Goddess who protects Women.
- Attributes: Goddess of love, marriage, devotion, fertility, divine strength and power, protective of women
- Symbols: Elephants, Tigers, Trident, lotus flower and dance
- Place: India
Goddess of Love, Shiva’s wife
There are many different representations of Goddess Parvati, but she is usually beside her husband, God Shiva, wearing a reddish dress.
When she is with Shiva, Goddess Parvati has only two arms and usually holds a lotus flower in her right hand. When she is alone she is usually represented with four arms and holding different items in her hands such as flowers, a shell, a mirror, a crown, a rosary, a bell, a rice dish, an agriculture tool or a sugar cane.
One of her hands may be in the position of the Abhaya mudra (do not fear) and the other may be holding one of her children (most commonly Ganesha). She can also be represented with golden or yellowish skin. The most used metal for making her sculptures is bronze.
Parvati and Shiva represent the perfect couple which was capable of overcoming all the difficulties in order to stay together with love. One of the most tragic episodes in Parvati’s life has many different versions, but the end is always the same.
It tells: once, Goddess Parvati was alone and Shiva was travelling. Parvati, then, modelled a child from clay and gave life to him. One day, while bathing, Parvati asked her son to guard the door so she could have privacy. At this moment Shiva arrived and was prevented from entering his abode. In a fury attack, Shiva decapitated his son’s head using his trident. Parvati, sad, told Shiva he had killed his own son and demanded him to bring the child back to life. Shiva hunted and used the head of the first living being he found, an elephant, to resurrect his son. Then, Ganesha was born.
Goddess of Marriage, the Divine Couple
Goddess Parvati is usually found next to Shiva in most of the Hindu temples located in South and Southeast Asia. Some of them celebrate major events in Parvati’s life. The temples in Khajuraho are one of the four main sites associated with Parvati, along with Kedarnath, Kashi, and Gaya. According to Hindu Mythology, Khajuraho is the place where Parvati and Shiva got married.
Many people seek Goddess Parvati to solve marital problems. The mantra Swayamvara Parvathi, according to her devotees, has the power to bring marriage, to solve problems between a couple or to prevent a bad union. This is a mantra that must be pronounced 1008 times a day for 108 days in a row so that the energy needed for it to work is generated.
Click below to listen to Parvati’s Mantra:
How to summon Parvati?
Goddess Parvati is commonly summoned for marital affairs, but she is not limited to this. Parvati has several other attributes and she can be called in times of weakness or impotence while facing some situation.
You can be in tune with the Goddess by daily honouring her and distributing gifts for some women you admire. Parvati is strongly present in this relationship.
If you want, you can also perform rituals or chant mantras so that you can be close to the Goddess. It is important to do this during the Crescent Moon phase, hence this is the lunar phase which most identifies with the Goddess and her consort, Shiva.
- A Parvati symbol you prefer
- Incense (optional)
- Your favourite song or a mantra
It doesn’t matter the time of day. Take a bath to relax and light the incense.
Mentalize your requests and, with the symbol in hand, start to dance as your body commands.
Don’t control yourself and put bad thoughts aside, focusing only on the Goddess and on her benevolence. Dance until you get tired or feel it is enough. If possible, repeat this ritual during the days of the Crescent Moon.
Also read about other Hindu Goddesses