Lord Shiva being the predominating deity of Tamo Guna (mode of ignorance), is
responsible for the destruction of the material world to start a new creation and
to free the conditioned souls from the bondage of this unreal and temporary
material world. Devi Parvati, the daughter of the King of Mountains, ‘Himavat’,
also known as ‘Parvat’, is the Mother of material nature exhibiting forms which
are gentle and nurturing for sustaining the universe. When in rage, She
manifests into ferocious forms such as Durga and Kali having eight or ten arms
holding various weapons. Being an incarnation of Shakti, the recreative power
of Lord Shiva, She bestows wisdom and grace upon the devotees and makes
them attain the blessings of the Lord for their spiritual upliftment.
Just as heat cannot be separated from fire, and sunlight cannot be separated
from the Sun, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, the divine couple are inseparable.
The transcendental and unborn Lord, being beyond time and death, would be
nothing but a dead matter without His Shakti (the energy in motion). She is like
the ocean full of waves, always in motion and Lord Shiva is a calm sea. Garlanded
with a serpent, holding a Dumroo and a Trident, and wearing the Tiger skin
stands an ascetic yogi and a great Grihasta with His wife, Goddess Parvati -
depicting an eternal, unconditional, and uninterrupted loving relationship. The
epitome of beauty and strength, Devi Parvati, is always in the mood of serving
and worshipping Her Lord with love and devotion.
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