PARVATI – DETERMINATION
Goddess Parvati is known for being the goddess of fertility, devotion and marriage. But she has another ace up her sleeve, determination. She was created to draw Shiva out of his self-imposed exile after the death of his first wife.
Shiva was meditating in a remote cave, and Parvati did everything in her powers from offering him flowers and food, to calling on the love god Kama to help out. Nothing worked, but she would not give up. She began meditating in austere (severe) conditions, not eating a thing. Finally, Shiva was impressed with her strength and devotion and was won over.
As the goddess of parenting, she is a fiercely protective mother. When Shiva came back from a long stint of meditating, he did not know that they had a son, Ganesh, who was guarding his mother’s house and refused to let Shiva enter. Furious that a stranger was stopping him from meeting his wife, he cut off Ganesh’s head. Parvati was doubly furious when she found out what had happened and ordered Shiva to do something. Shiva found the head of an elephant as a replacement, and their son lived again. There’s no messing with this mom!
Written by: Pereena Lamba. Pereena is a freelance writer, editor and creative consultant. She is also co-author of Totally Mumbai.