Parvati

Goddess Parvati The Divine Mother Universe

Parvati, the Hindu goddess, is known as Shakti, the mother of the Universe. She is the daughter of Parvataraja, Himalaya and the wife of Lord Shiva, the destroyer. She is also worshipped as Amba, Durga, Ambika, Gauri, Kali, Rajeshwari, Tripurasundari and Sati. According to Hindu mythology, she embodies feminine energy, love, devotion and fertility. As the mother of the universe, she is represented in Hinduism is different forms each having their own specifications. She along with Mahalakshmi, the goddess of wealth and Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge form the holy trinity in Hinduism. She is also the mother of Lord Ganesha and Lord Karttikeya.

 

Specifications of worship

Shiv-Parvati, the deity and her husband are worshipped across Hindu household. Married women adore the deity and worship her and Shiva asking for a happy married life like theirs. She is the supreme power and can be worshipped regularly by chanting the Shakti mantra "oṁ bhagavatī parvatyai namaḥ".

 

Benefits of worship

She is the protector of the universe and extreme source of energy. She blesses her devotees with love, compassion, grace and wisdom.

Festivals celebrated for Parvati

Teej is the most important festival for all married Hindu women. Celebrated during monsoon, the rituals are performed for fulfillment and contentment in married and family life. Swings are hung from trees and people dress up in green dresses. Maiden girls pray to the goddess for a good husband like Lord Shiva. Another festival is the Gauri festival or Gowri Habba is celebrated on the 7th, 8th and 9th tithi of Bradrpada or the Shukla paksha.This festivity is celebrated for good harvest and protection for women.In Rajasthan, Gangaur is celebrated starting on the first day of the Hindu month Chaitra and continues for 18days. Idols of the lord and her wife are made of clay and then worshipped for the holy blessing. Another popular festival in reverence to the Mother goddess is Navaratri and is worshipped over nine days. Durga Puja, a manifestation of the holy mother is a five-day festival that is celebrated across Eastern India, especially in Bengal, Assam, Bihar and Jharkhand.

Regions of worship

The deity is worshipped in different forms across India. However, the manifestation of Parvati is celebrated mostly through different festivals in northern and western India. There are many famous temples dotted across India to celebrate the power of Shiv-Parvati.