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Lord Shiva has only one wife Named Sati. Sati is an aspect of Adi Parashakti. Once Prajapati Daksha organized a yagna , but he didn't invite Sati & Shiva. Sati thought being a daughter they don't require invitation so she asked Shiva to go for the yagna. Shiva advised her that since they are not invited, they shouldn't go for yagna. But Sati didnt ...


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"Any Shiva bhakt will be shocked if they read about this!" One doesn't need to get shocked from this story. It can be interpreted in various ways: i) Vaishnavite Interpretation: This story shows even Shiva is bewildered by Maya of Vishnu. So, Vishnu is Supreme. ii) Shaivite Interpretation: This story shows Vishnu is Prakriti tatwa (feminine) and ...


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This question arises when one assumes that Lord Shiva (actually Shankara) is married to Sati and Parvati only one time. Actually same Lord Shiva is married to many Sati and many Parvati just like in cycles. For eg. He has married with Sati multiple times. Rudra Samhita of Shiva Purana in chapter 14 verse 9 states: केचद्वदन्ति तां ज्येष्ठां मध्यमां चापरे ...


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Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali are husband-wife. Kali is non-different from Parvati. Infact Kali is Parvati's birth name, given to her by her father Himachala due to her complexion as referenced in chapter 7 of the Parvati Khanda in Shiva Purana: गतस्तत्र गिरिः प्रीत्या सपुरोहितसद्विजः। ददर्श तनयां तां तु शोभमानां सुवाससा।।६।। The mountain king ...


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Here is what Shiva tells Parvati in this excerpt from the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana: In this Varaha Kalpa, O goddess, you became Parvati obtained by Himavan through his penance, when the Chakshusha Manvantara has passed off. O beautiful lady, due to the anger of Daksha you had to be separated from me for the duration of a day of Brahma. Your ...


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The Divine Mother Kali is worshiped by Saktas as the embodiment of Sakti, the Divine Power. Kali is the embodiment of Maya. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says in The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (pp 134-135): Thus Brahman and Sakti are identical. If you accept the one, you must accept the other. It is like fire and its power to burn. If you see fire, you must ...


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As per Chapter 19, Prabhasa Khanda of Skanda Purana, Parvati Devi was born to Himavan at end of Chakshusha Manvantara (6th Manvantara) and beginning of Vaivasvara Manvantara in Varaha Kalpa. As per this chapter, Varaha Kalpa is 31st Kalpa in 51st year of Brahma. 30th kalpa was Pitri Kalpa and Sati was born in Swayambhuva Manvantara (1st Manvantara) of ...


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These events are mentioned in Shiva Mahapurana in the sequence given in question. First Devi Parvati creating Ganesha (Vinayaka) from dirt of her body is mentioned in Section 2.4 - Rudra-saṃhitā (4): Kumāra-khaṇḍa: Chapter 13. Thinking thus the goddess created a person with all the characteristics, out of the dirt from her body. He was spotless and ...


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From the texts it appears that there is a deep connection between Parvati and Durga and generally we believe that the former has emerged from the latter. However Devi Bhagwat Puran Chapter 28 of Book 7 gives the account of Parvati transforming into Shatakshi and then Shakambhari who was renamed Durga after she killed the demon Durgam: There, Goddess ...


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Let's answer this question keeping the refrence point as "Consort of Lord Shiva". If it be known that they all are consort of Lord Shiva, then it is known they all are same, as Adi-Shakti herself is the consort of Lord Shiva. Yajurveda Taittariya Aranyaka 10.21.1 अम्बिकापतये उमापतये पशुपतये नमो नम: Salutations to Him who is Lord of Ambika, who is Lord ...


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Since you asked Was Sati also a reincarnation of mother Durga ?, you should also understand why Durga Devi was born as Sati Devi. When Brahma created beings initially, they couldn't multiply or reproduce sexually. Lord Brahma wanted female energy or Shakti to make sexual reproduction possible (so that beings would be able to reproduce) and did Tapasya for ...


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I don't think that there are any such strict rules. As a proof, see the verse given below. LakshminArAyanau vAnidhAtArau girijAshivau | Srigurum gurupatnincha pitarAviti chintayet || .............. Guru and Guru's consort (Gurupatni) should be thought of as one's own parents. They are to be thought of as Lakshmi-NArAyana, VAni-BrahmA, ...


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Uma is another name of Parvati as I discuss here. In Valmiki Ramayana: तस्याम् गंग इयम् अभवत् ज्येष्ठा हिमवतः सुता | उमा नाम द्वितीया अभूत् कन्या तस्य एव राघव || १-३५-१६ "From Mena, this Ganga is emerged as an elder daughter to Himavanta, and a second daughter, by her name she is Uma, is also begotten by Himavanta, oh, Raghava... [1-35-16] ...


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The Mother Goddess is mentioned as the sister of Lord Vishnu in some scriptures. For example, in the Lalita Sahasranama, we find the following verses: Bhanu mandala madhyastaa Bhairavi Bhaga maalini, Padmaasana Bhagavati Padmanaabha Sahodari/ Unmesha Nimishotpanna Vipanna Bhuvanaavalih, Sahasra Seersha Vadanaa Sahasraakshi Sahasra paat/ ...


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There were many Parvati before present Parvati, which are same as present Parvati, and all were married to Lord Shiva. So, the explicit mention of name Parvati also doesn't make a text late. As I discuss in my answer here and here , Same Lord Shiva is married with many Sati and many Parvati. For eg. Shiva Purana gives it's example in RudraSamhita chapter ...


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The story of the goddess Kali is told in the Devi Mahatmya of the Markandeya Purana. She is an incarnation of the goddess Durga. For those who don't know, Durga was created from the combined powers of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva in order to defeat the demon Mahishasura. But she is generally viewed be the consort of Shiva, because she is considered an ...


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Yes Devi Uma or Devi Parvati is eternal goddess – She is ever present with Lord Shiva the eternal god - as his consort/companion . In the commentary of the verse No . 25 from The Kena Upanishad , Adi Shankaracharya wrote that Uma the daughter of Himalaya is ever associated with the Lord (Siva). स तस्मिन्नेवाकाशे स्त्रियमाजगाम बहुशोभमानामुमाँहैमवतीं ता...


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Uma is name of parvati mata,parvati mata is daughter of the Himalayas.In Ramayana parvati mata is called daughter of himalayas by the name Uma and Shiva s consort that is parvati mata is usually called by the name Uma. तस्याम् गंग इयम् अभवत् ज्येष्ठा हिमवतः सुता | उमा नाम द्वितीया अभूत् कन्या तस्य एव राघव || १-३५-१६ Meaning From Mena, this Ganga ...


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Shakti is the wife of Lord Shiva. There are thousands of forms of Lord Shiva and they are accompanied by thousands of Shaktis. And these Shaktis are also the form of the same original Shakti (Uma). Also during the incarnations like of Sati and Parvati it is the same Shakti taking birth again and again: This Parvati is the wife of Shiva in every birth. In ...


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The answer is Lord's maya which even overtakes gods and goddesses. However, it was not Parvati who got bewildered, it was Her previous incarnation Sati. The description is present in Ramacharitmanas and Shiva Purana (2.2.25). When Sati saw that Shiva, the lord of all gods, was praising and revering Rama, a human prince, she got confused. So she asked Siva ...


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1) Why is the name Sitikantha used? Sitikantha is an eternal name of Lord Shiva because it is stated in Vedas. Vedas clearly call Lord Shiva as "Sitikanthaya Cha". And Vedas were before Samundra Manthan and also before fight of Shiva and Narayana (as told in Narayania). So, Sitikantha can mean whose throat is white due to using of ash in neck. And ...


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Lord Shiva exists in Ardhanaarishwara(pronounced as Arthanārīśvara in IAST) from the beginning of time because Shiva and Shakti are inseparable. But the story of Lord Shiva appearing as Ardhanaarishwara is described in Shiva Mahapurana, Shatarudra Samhita, Chapter 3. The story goes like this: At the beginning of creation when Lord Brahma was creating people ...


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There is nothing bizarre or surprising in it. Even the Brahmanda Purana says that Mother Lalita recreates the entire universe and recreates every deities including Lakshmi and Saraswati. H. At the end of this great fire sacrifice, all of you (the performers of the Yaga) should jump in to the Homa Kunda (fire pit). While doing so, you must possess ...


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Is Bagalamukhi Parvati's different incarnation or other form of Sakthi? Goddess Bagalamukhi is one among the 10 Mahavidyas ( Great Knowledge or Vidya). She is the 8th Mahavidya. When a spiritual aspirant's gross BhogasprihA (desire for pleasures) have been destroyed, Goddess Bagala appears to destroy the inner or the subtle BhogasprihA. And, the symbol of ...


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Goddess Durga herself is Adi Parashakti. In Sri Chandi (from the Markandeya Purana), she is described as the combined form of the 3 deities viz; Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. The Devi Atharva Sirsha describes Adi Parashakti's features as follows: sābravīt- ahaṃ brahmasvarūpiṇī । mattaḥ prakṛtipuruṣātmakaṃ jagat । śūnyaṃ cāśūnyam ca ॥2॥ ...


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Shiva's third eye did not kill Kama, it merely rendered him Ananga or bodiless; here is how Vishwamitra describes to Rama and Lakshmana in the Bala Kanda of the Ramayana: When Love-god was with his body wise men used to call him Kama, the passion. At this place, that Love-god with his naughty intent braved god of gods Shiva who had been practising ascesis ...


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Chandika is Ambika ,Devi or the supreme mother goddess who killed asuras like Shumbha ,Nisumbha,Raktabeeja and Mahishasura. Chamunda is goddess Kali.She obtained this name after she killed the two demons named Chanda and Munda.Chandika herself gave Kali that name. The Markendaya Purana(Chapter 87) has all the details. After the mighty demon Dhumralochana ...


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Swami Vijnanananda in his Foreword to his translation to the Devi Bhagavatam says: What the Srimad Bhagavat is to the Vaisnavas, the Devi Bhagavatam is to the Saktas. The question of the priority of the two Bhagavatas has been often discussed more in the spirit of partisians rather than that of sober scholars. The subject of The coming in this world of ...


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As shown in this answer, the Devi PurAna account gives the widely known 10 MahAvidyAs. The account from the Devi BhAgavatam, on the other hand, does not include the origin of 2 MahAvidyas namely- DhumAvati and Bhuvaneswari. The Devi PurAna account gives: Lord Shiva asked " Who are you ShyAmA (the dark complexioned one)? Where is my beloved Sati?" ...


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In the Brahmanda Purana, we have the Lalitopakhayana section. And there we find Goddess Lalita Tripurasundari creating the entire creation from scratch. Every deities were also created from her during the process. So, during that time, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Parvati both came from Goddess Lalita's right eye which is of the nature of Sun. So, this is an ...


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