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When Parvati grows angry at the prospect of war, a goddess often identified as Kali is born from her wrath for purposes of eviscerating the demons.

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Parvati is the daughter of Himavat, the personification of the Himalayan mountains and his wife Mena of a group of female cloud and water spirits called the apsaras.

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At this point, Shiva reconstitutes Kama in bodily form at the request of his wife Rati, and in some versions because of Parvati herself.

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Sati was said to have consented to be reborn in order to help the gods, and so she took birth as Parvati, who was dark in complexion and very beautiful.

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Parvati's devotion to her husband is also exemplary, which is most obvious during the lengthy period of time she spends in austerity in order to attract his attention.

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Despite attempts made by agents of Shiva to test her devotion, Parvati remains faithful to Shiva, and so he agreed to marry her.

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Parvati made some initial attempts to attract Shiva's attention, but the god was too deeply immersed in his ascetic practices to notice her, considering women to be an unnecessary distraction to his mortifications.

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Hearing the commotion, Parvati emerges from her bath and informs Shiva that he had just killed her child, and in her anger she threatens to destroy the universe if the situation is not rectified immediately.

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Statues of the Boddhisattva Jizo, erected in memory of an abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, or young childhood death, began appearing at least as early as 1710 at a temple in Yokohama.

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By coercing him into marriage, Parvati also prevents Shiva from accumulating a potentially dangerous excess of tapas or ascetic heat.

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The main thrust of Parvati's symbolic significance arises from her association with Shiva, which speaks to the tension between the archetypal ascetic and the householder.

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Parvati symbolizes many noble virtues esteemed by the Hindu tradition, including domesticity, asceticism, fertility and devotion not only as a spouse but also to the divine.

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Some Shakta believers consider Parvati to be the ultimate manifestation of the Divine herself.

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Parvati has mythological roots in the character of Sati, the first wife of Shiva who turns out to be an earlier incarnation of Parvati.

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Afterward, since September 9, 1279, the supposed body of Mary Magdalene was also venerated at Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, Provence.

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Parvati is a decidedly maternal figure, raising with Shiva the divine children Ganesha and Kartikeya.

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Shiva is dependent upon Parvati in order to express himself in material creation, and without her presence, his divine nature would remain abstract and inactive.

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Parvati is the focal point of the Teej festival, which is held during the Hindu Month of Shravan (Mid-July to Mid-August) and serves to welcomes the monsoon season.

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Parvati is usually depicted as a beautiful, dark-skinned woman.

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Unfortunately for Parvati, Shiva is steeped in asceticism and is therefore difficult for her to convert him to a domestic life.

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Shiva and Parvati are also pictured with their sons Kartikeya and Ganesha, together providing the ideal configuration for harmonious family life.

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Parvati is also depicted alongside her husband in more abstract form as the yoni, a vulvular shape, which compliments the phallic linga which represents Shiva.

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Parvati also raised a second child, the popular elephant-headed god Ganesha.

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Parvati may have originated from a non-Aryan tribal goddess who dwelled in the mountains.

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The androgynous Ardhanarisvara image is also used to provide a concrete depiction of the complementary nature of Shiva and Parvati's Shakti.

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Parvati, a symbol of domesticity, lures Shiva, who is without family or lineage, into the world of marriage, sexuality and reproduction.

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The possibility of their marriage was made even more promising by the fact that a rishi predicted Parvati would marry a naked yogi, and her parents were honored by the news.

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Kalidasa's epic Kumarasambhavam details the story of the maiden Parvati, whose very existence was necessitated by the fact that Shiva needed a consort to bear his child.

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After Shiva leaves his wife Parvati for an extended period of time in order to meditate upon Mount Kailash, she suffers from intense loneliness.

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Rather, Pegasus seems to be an entirely fictitious creation, although horses were often central in mythology and cultures (including the unicorn).

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