- 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 Parvati is one of many Durga‘s manifestations with great feminine power in Hindu Mythology, representing a kind and motherly side of her. Together with Saraswati and Lakshmi, she belongs to a Trinity of Hindu Goddess known Tridevi.
She is the second wife of Shiva, the transformer, (the first wife, Sati is considered and earlier manifestation of the Goddess) and mother of Ganesha (God of Wisdom) and Kartikeya (God of War).
There are many different representations of Parvati, but she is always wearing a red dress. When she is with Shiva, she has only two arms and holds a lotus in her right hand, but when she is alone she is usually represented with four arms and holding various items in her hands such as flowers, a shell, a mirror, a crown, a rosary, a bell, a rice dish, an agriculture tool or 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, and bronze is the most used metal for making her sculptures.
Goddess of Union
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 the life of the Goddess, such as those of Khajuraho, 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 help from Parvati to solve marital problems. The mantra Swayamvara Parvathi, according to her devotees, has the power to bring marriage, to solve problems between the 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.