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*In Hindu mythology Parvati, another form of Shakti, is the wife of Shiva and the mother of the Gods: Ganesha and Kartikeya.  

One day, when Parvati was only eight years old, her father, Himavan, took her to see Lord Shiva. From birth, Parvati had always been very spiritual. She always wanted to know about God, so she was thrilled to see Lord Shiva. But Lord Shiva was in a meditative consciousness and he did not pay any attention to the little girl.

After that first encounter, Parvati used to come every day to see Lord Shiva. She would offer him fresh flowers, hoping that one day he would open his eyes and speak to her. In the back of her mind, she had formed the idea that this was the man she wanted to marry.

The days became years and Parvati grew into a beautiful young woman. Still Shiva remained absorbed in his eternal trance. How could anybody disturb Shiva’s trance? Once he enters into trance, he enjoys the highest and deepest bliss. So why should he come back?

One day, Parvati confided to her father, “I really want to marry Lord Shiva. He is meditating and meditating. How I wish that I could also meditate like him!

Himavan was very sad that Shiva was not paying any attention to his beautiful daughter, who was so spiritual in every way.. 

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You cannot marry him, Parvati,” they said. “This Shiva has been insulting you for so many years now. You must not waste your time on him any longer.

But Parvati would not budge. “I am going to stay here,” she declared. “From now on, I shall eat only leaves, wet leaves.” With heavy hearts, Parvati’s parents returned home without their daughter.

For several years, Parvati stayed near Shiva, eating only wet leaves. Then she started eating only dry leaves. After a few more years, she gave up eating leaves altogether. When she gave up eating leaves, her name became Aparna, which means “one who does not eat even a leaf.” Parvati became the Goddess Aparna at that time because of her extreme tapasya, or spiritual discipline.

As time passed, Parvati went one step further. She stopped drinking water. She was living on nothing but air. Himavan saw that his daughter was becoming very weak. He knew that it was only a matter of time before she would die. So Himavan went to Lord Shiva and said, “Can you not see what you are doing to my daughter? All her life, she has wanted only one thing, and that is to marry you. But you have never even looked at her. If you are determined not to marry her, at least look at her. Otherwise, she will surely die.

Shiva condescended to look at Parvati, but to himself he said, “Let me test her one last time before I marry her.” Poor Parvati had endured so many tests and still Shiva wanted to test her love and devotion. He took the form of an ordinary man and approached her. “You are such a beautiful girl,” he said. “Why are you wasting your time here? I have heard that you want to marry Shiva, but what kind of man is he? He spends all his time in the cremation ground in the company of his ghost-friends. The garland around his neck is made of skulls. How can you marry someone as frightening as Shiva? Forget about him! Marry a normal man, like me.

Parvati’s eyes burned. “What you are saying is untrue. Go away from here and leave me alone! I know who Shiva is. Do not throw your doubts and suspicions into me. I will never marry you, never! I will marry only my Lord Shiva. If you do not leave me alone this instant, I shall curse you!

At that moment, Shiva assumed his true form once more. Parvati was so moved and overwhelmed to see him standing before her.Shiva said to her, “Any boon that you want, I shall give you.

You do not know by this time what boon I want?” asked Parvati. “I want only to marry you.

Granted,” said Shiva.

After Shiva and Parvati were married, Parvati came to know that she had been Shiva’s wife in her previous incarnation. Her name then was Sati and she immolated herself because her father, Daksha, insulted Shiva. But that is another story! 

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anonymous asked:

What's your opinion on lord murgan. He's one of my least favorite gods because he married to wives?

why’s that make him your least favorite ??? ?? ?? ? he’s an ancient deity and polygamy was widespread throughout the world before modern times; we can’t necessarily apply modern morality and terms to cultures so incredibly distant in time from us–we can learn that it’s wrong for the world we live in today, and that’s just how morality evolves (for the better of course). Also…….consensual polyamory is A ThingTM and there’s nothing wrong with it because all parties are okay with it. 

plus almost every Hindu god has more than one wife–Shiva is married to Parvati, Umavati, Sati (tho they’re all incarnations of the same goddess) but also Mohini-Vishnu and Agni and various other lovers from his visits to earth (i.e. Kutti-chathan’s mother), Vishnu has Bhooma devi and Sridevi and Neeladevi and Tulasi, Ganesha (according to northern traditions and some southern ones too) is married to Siddhi and Buddhi, Garuda is married to Rudra and Sukeerthi, Hanuman in the Ramakien (the Thai Ramayana) has multiple lovers, Varaha has 360 wives, Chandra has 27, and Krishna marries ~16,000 princesses amongst all his other various lovers. (Also remember Draupadi and her five husbands) 

So two wives is .. . not that strange in the Hindu pantheon??? I know a lot of Tamil jokes and colloquial sayings involve poking fun at Muruga marrying two wives but at the same time, Murugan is the patron deity of the Tamil people, so me hating Murugan would be oxymoronic to my existence. I think he’s one of the most inspiring Tamil Hindu deities because he represents the sturdy nature of Tamil people, and multiple art forms and literary pinnacles of Tamil society and history were devoted to Murugan. The following surrounding Murugan has carried my people through the ages and it’s part of my identity (even though as a Muslim I can’t worship him) so no! I don’t hate Murugan and in fact I find his lore very intricate, noteworthy, and important to Tamil culture. 

Also he could’ve killed Soora-Padman bUT HE DIDN’T he just changed him into a rooster and a flag and I think that’s pretty cool (also something Murugan would do….”Hey let’s just. turn this guy into a chicken lol”). AND HE HAS . SIX HEADS AND TWELVE ARMS 

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Parvati पार्वती (Sanskrit, Hindi)  

Pronounced PAHR-vah-tee 

Means “of the mountains” in Sanskrit. Parvati is a Hindu goddess of love and power, the wife of Shiva and the mother of Ganesha.

Ronit Elkabetz b. 27 November 1964 - d. 19 April 2016

Elkabetz was born in Israel, the daughter of Morrocan Jews. She had a successful career as a model, before turning to acting in her mid 20s and was successful in that medium in both Israel and France.

In 2004 Elkabetz, along with her younger brother Shlomi Elkabetz, co-wrote and co-directed the film, To Take a Wife, in which Ronit also starred as Viviane Amsalem, a religious Jewish woman trapped in a deeply unhappy marriage that was based on the Elkabetzs mother. Over the next decade Ronit and her brother would collaborate on two more films, the 2008 film 7 days (also known as Seven Days or Shiva) and the 2014 film Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film. Together, the three films formed a decades spanning trilogy that examined the unhappiness of a woman trapped in a dysfunctional marriage. Elkabetz was widely praised for her acting, writing and directing on the films. 

She died of cancer in April of 2016 and is survived by her husband and her twin children who were three at the time of her death. She was 51.

Hey, curious reader! Ever wonder why Ganesha (Ganesh) has an Elephant head?

There are many stories as to why the elephant-headed deity became the way he did; however, here is the one I am most familiar with. 

Shiva and his wife Parvati were married, or were partners, so that Shiva could receive his shakti from his female counterpart. However, Shiva is known for his secluded life in the Himalayan mountain ranges where he meditates for long periods of time. This obviously leaves Parvati alone for extended periods, in which she grows lonely. Once, while her husband was away, Parvati created a child for her and Shiva, and named him Ganesha. This young boy was cared for and loved by his mother and grew up never knowing his father. One day, Parvati was bathing, leaving Ganesha to watch over their home, and keep it safe from prying eyes. 

While Parvati is taking her bath, Shiva returns to his wife after a long excursion in the mountains. Shiva did not know about this new child, and grew furious once he was told he could not see his wife. Known for his temper, Shiva drew his trident and cut the head off of his son. After this commotion, Parvati came to see what had happened. At the sight of her beheaded son, she also grew very angry, and sorrowfully told Shiva of his crime. 

Seeing his wife in such pain, Shiva commanded his servants to return with the first head they found (because apparently Ganesha’s original one wasn’t around). Quickly, Shiva’s servants returned with the head of an elephant which Shiva placed on the shoulders of his dead son. Bringing him back to life, Shiva and Parvati gave their son the status and power of a god.

While this is a very short retelling of one version of the story, I personally encourage you to explore more of this and other deities’ stories as they can each show you a new view on life. 

Thanks for reading.

~D

American Gods Alphabet: Kali / Mama-Ji

I really love American Gods and mythology so I made an alphabetic list of every reference made in the novel.

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Kali / Mama-Ji (124)

Kali / Mama-Ji (Hindu) Hindu Mother Goddess. Despite being a mother-figure, Kali is commonly associated with sexuality and violence. Kali is the slayer of demons. She is a menacing figure, with a necklace made of severed heads, and skirt made of severed arms, and often is seen holding a bloody sword. She is a reincarnation of Parvati, the wife of Shiva. She has four arms and a protruding tongue and is commonly depicted as having black or blue skin. Her dark skin represents the potential for destruction or creation.

All names/terms are depicted with the page in which they first appear in the American Gods Tenth Anniversary Edition of the author’s preferred text.

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Sonamhelps’ Beginners Guide to Hinduism and the Hindu Gods

Hinduism is a polytheistic religion, meaning its followers believe in and worship a number of gods and goddesses rather than just one. BUT, the majority of Hindus believe that there is ultimately one God who is the Supreme - ideas on how this works vary. 

‘Hinduism’ is really just an umbrella term under which many varied religious traditions and practices fall. In this guide I will give an introduction to the main gods and goddesses and summarize some general beliefs and terminology. 

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Say what you want Lord Shiva still probably didn’t fuck up as bad or as consistently as Zues

oh definitely not. There wasn’t much cheating in hindu myths, their wives would quite literally kill them. He did once kill the God of Love though and the God’s wife cried until Lord Shiva brought him back to life. That was a dick move.

panser-bjorn  asked:

Zimbabwe and Kenya!

Who is your favourite character from any folklore?
I adore goddess Parvati, wife of god Shiva and mother of gods Ganesha and Kartikeya, from Hindu deities!

She’s so determined, gentle, understanding, but if you anger Parvati, she transforms into fierce 8 armed goddess Durga, who rides a tiger. If Durga is too weak, Parvati transforms to a next stage, which is Kali, the demon goddess of Death. 

Once Kali went to rampage - if I don’t remember wrong Kali was summoned by other gods to slain the demon who was too powerful for them to kill. After beheading the enemy, Kali didn’t calm down and she was too powerful to be stopped - no one could do anything. She stopped only when Shiva threw himself on the ground and made Kali (Parvati) think she had accidentally stomped her husband to death.

I love how Parvati didn’t give up when she met Shiva for the first time! Shiva had just lost his first wife Sati and went to mourn his loss deep into mountains. He went into deep meditation and no one could wake him up.

Parvati came across with meditating Shiva and fell in love with him. She brought him flowers and food every day, hoping he would wake up from his trance at some point. But, no matter how much Parvati tried, her visitations or presents couldn’t bring back the devastated Shiva. So, she decided to use fire against the fire and started to meditate herself, looking for Shiva from that state. She was able to locate him and disturbed his meditation with the power of her mind that Shiva had no option but wake up and step out the cave. She was the one who proposed him, and he said yes.

Shiva and Parvati are together so strong deities that other gods were horrified of the idea of them having a child, because the child could have such enormous powers the whole universe might be destroyed haha.

What is your favourite wild animal?
Tiger! I love many wild animals, like orcas and hammerhead sharks, but tiger has been with me since childhood. 

Shiva & Parvati

Shiva and Parvati as the cosmic dancers, their rhythmic movements representing the motion of the entire universe, signifying the union of time, energy, space and consciousness. 

Shiva in the form of Nataraja is the patron of Bharatanatyam in India. It was only logical that I extend participation in the dance to his wife Parvati/Shakti. I put Shiva in an advanced Bharatanatyam pose I saw and Parvati in her traditional Kamakshi/Meenakshi pose with a symbolic parrot in her hand. In addition, Parvati is generally depicted with green skin in this form, hence her unique look here. 

in this extremely sad time of watching light skinned desis denying their privilege and ignoring the fact that colorism exists within our community id like to tell you all a very short story

shiva, as some of you know, is a hindu god and this story is sort of about him. so the tale goes that when first parvati (usually known as his wife) first sought shiva he rejected her because he found her dark skin unattractive. parvati immediately retreated to a live of solitude in the forest. lord brahma noticed her sincerity and granted her one wish. so of course parvati asked that her dark skin be taken away ‘so that shiva would love her’. brahma wiped the darkness and ‘blessed’ parvati with golden skin thus converting her to goddess gauri. gauri from then on was known as ‘the perfect wife’… fair skin and all.

colorism has existed for longer than you think. and it is frustrating for me to see that nothing has changed. us dark skinned desi girls & women are still told TODAY that we are lesser bc of our skin and that we need to change (tbr: bleach) in order to be accepted by society

so quit acting like a baby and acknowledge your goddamn privileges