The love story of Shiva and Parvati

 In Hindu mythology Parvati (Devanagri: पार्वती), another form of Shakti, is the wife of Shiva and the mother of the gods Ganesha and Kartikeya.  She is the goddess of love and romance and the story of her marriage to Lord Shiva is well known to Hindus.

The love story of Shiva and Parvati

Shiva and Parvati

She fell in love with him when she was a little girl but it was many years before he noticed her as he meditated and was oblivious to her love and beauty.  In spite of her father’s intervention with the God of Love, Shiva still did not see Parvati, so she decided to show her devotion by only eating leaves, then fasting and finally not even drinking, all to honour her lord.  Yet still he didn’t ‘see’ her.  Finally Himavan, her father, feared she would fade away completely so he went to Lord Shiva and begged him to at least look at his daughter, who was dying from love of Shiva.

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This Shiva did, but he decided to test her, by visiting her in disguise to criticize Shiva. Parvati refused to say anything bad against her god and finally Shiva recognised her love for him and they married.  You can read their story here.

The marriage of Shiva and Parvati - Ellora Cave carving

The marriage of Shiva and Parvati – Ellora Cave carving

“Where there is love there is life …” Mahatma Gandhi 

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