Parvati, Pārvatī: 26 definitions

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

One of the Deva-vibhāvana (hands that indicate the forms which accord with the character and actions of Brahmā and other Devas).—Pārvatī: Ardha-candra with both hands, the left upward, the right downward, making Abhaya and Varada (Fear not, and Charity).

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Devi

Pārvatī (पार्वती) is a gentle benevolent goddess, daughter of the axial mountain — the Himalaya, from which the earth energy radiates into space. The mountain (parvata) or Himavat (“the snow-capped-one”) is a symbol of ether — Ākāśa.

The peaks of the mountains are regarded as the places from which the earth energy flows into the ether. No dwellings are built on top of mountains and hills and only places of worship may be built there.

The mother of Pārvatī is Menakā, who represents intellect (buddhi). Born of Ether and Intellect, Pārvatī is the omnipresent conscious substance of the universe. Pārvatī is also the matron of all the elemental spirits — the bhūtas and gaṇas (‘categories’) that wander about the earth.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Pārvatī is the name of a deity depicted in the Aruṇācaleśvar or Arunachaleswara Temple in Thiruvannamalai (Tiruvaṇṇāmalai) which is one of the Pañcasabhā or “five halls where Śiva is said to have danced”.—Pārvatī is found to stand to the left of Śiva. She is found with two hands where the right hand holds kaṭaka-hasta and the left hand is in dolā.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

Pārvatī (पार्वती, “Daughter of the Mountain”).—One of the names of the Goddess, Devī, who is regarded as the female principle of the divine; the embodiement of the energies of the Gods.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Pārvatī (पार्वती).—Wife of Śiva.

Pārvatī is known under different names and worshipped in different forms. Amarakośa (Sanskrit lexicon) gives the following synonyms for Pārvatī: (See full article at Story of Pārvatī from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Pārvatī (पार्वती) is the wife of Śiva, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa-māhātmya chapter 5.—In the Pauranic Mythology, Pārvatī is the daughter of Himālaya and the wife of Śiva. In the cult of Śakti and Tantras, she has been identified with Prakṛti itself. Almost all the Purāṇas speak of her as Prakṛti and her three Guṇas: sattva, rajas and tamas are the three Gods: Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva.

Accordingly, as Cañculā spoke in praise of Umā Pārvatī: “O mother of Skanda, daughter of mountain, Thou art always served by men. O beloved of Śiva, the bestower of all pleasures, having the form of Supreme Brahman, Thou art worthy of being served by Viṣṇu, Brahmā and others. Thou art both endowed with and devoid of attributes. Thou art the subtle primordial Prakṛti, with Existence, Knowledge and Bliss for thy forms. Thou createst, maintainest and annihilatest. Thou hast the three Guṇas. Thou art the refuge of the three types of divine beings. Thou sustainest Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśa”.

Pārvatī was born of Menā after the latter was cursed by Sanatkumāra, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.2.—Accordingly, as Sanatkumāra said to the three daughters of Svadhā (i.e., Menā, Dhanyā and Kalāvatī):—“[...] O ye three daughters of forefathers (i.e., Menā), listen with pleasure to my words that will dispel your sorrow and bestow happiness on you.  May the eldest among you become the wife of Himavat the mountain that is a part of Viṣṇu. Pārvatī shall be her daughter. [...] The Yoginī Menā shall attain the great region Kailāsa along with her body and in the company of her husband due to the boon of Pārvatī. [...] Ye the daughters of forefathers (i.e., Menā) shall shine in heaven. By the vision of Viṣṇu your evil actions have been quelled. [...] Menā’s daughter, goddess Pārvatī, the mother of the universe shall become Śiva’s beloved after performing severe penance”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Pārvatī (पार्वती).—Umā, wife of Śiva, attained half body of Śiva by virtue of the 108 names of the Devī;1 (Ambā), the family deity of the Vidarbhas; present when Śiva gave his missile to Arjuna;2 conceived true love even as a girl;3 went with Śiva to have a look at the Mohinī form of Viṣṇu;4 once when she was sitting unclad on the lap of Śiva there came some sages to see the Lord; ashamed she got herself clothed; to please her Śiva said that any male who entered that place thereafter would become a female;5 presented Pṛthu with a sword Śatacandra;6 prayed to by Rukminī to get Kṛṣṇa for her husband; to her shrine Rukminī went by foot and offered worship for the hand of Kṛṣṇa;7 Vṛka's aim to take her after killing Śiva;8 prevented the enraged Śiva from killing Bhṛgu;9 saw Mārkaṇḍeya engaged in tapas.10 A Śakti;11 felt for Vināyaka losing his teeth through Paraśurāma and appealed to Śiva who remembered Kṛṣṇa. The latter came with Rādhā and consoled her by addressing on Gaṇeśa's greatness.

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 12. 9; 13. 51 and 60; 85. 6; 183. 14; 187. 44; Vāyu-purāṇa 54. 20; 108. 51; 112. 35; Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 32. 11-15.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 15. 12; X. 52. 42.
  • 3) Ib. X. 60. 47.
  • 4) Ib. VIII. 12. 2 and 25.
  • 5) Ib. IX. 1. 29-32.
  • 6) Ib. IV. 15. 17; VI. 17. 11-12.
  • 7) Ib. X. 53. 25, 39-40 and 44-49.
  • 8) Ib. X. 88. 23.
  • 9) Ib. X. 89. 7.
  • 10) Ib. XII. 10. 3 and 35.
  • 11) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 25. 23; III. 41. 38, 50; 42. 7, 17; 44. 28; IV. 6. 8, 30, 38; 10. 41, 42.

1b) A name of the R. Nandā.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 49. 92.

1c) (alias vijayā); wife of Sahādeva and mother of Suhotra.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 31.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Pārvatī (पार्वती) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.47) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Pārvatī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Pārvatī (पार्वती) is the beloved of Maheśvara, who is mentioned as the “chief of things animate and inanimate”. Their dwelling place is the mountain-peak Kailāsa, located within Himavat, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 1. Accordingly, “There (Kailāsa) dwells Maheśvara the beloved of Pārvatī, the chief of things animate and inanimate, attended upon by Gaṇas, Vidyādharas and Siddhas. In the upstanding yellow tufts of his matted hair the new moon enjoys the delight of touching the eastern mountain yellow in the evening twilight.”

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Pārvatī, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD

Pārvatī (पार्वती).—Sculptures of Pārvatī, called by different names locally, are available in good numbers. These are all cult objects enshrined in the Amman shrines of the different Śiva temples of the region (southern India). They are all sculptures, carved in the round, with or with out a prabhāvali. They are carved either in sthānaka or in the āsīna postures. The standing sculptures are all in samabhaṅga or tribhaṅga postures. They are always four handed holding in their upper hands pāśa and aṅkuśa and the lower hands are disposed in abhaya and varada mudras. The decorations are all conventional and traditional.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

Pārvatī (पार्वती) or Pārvatyāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Ajitāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (e.g., Pārvatī Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (e.g., Ajita-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (shaivism)

Pārvatī (पार्वती) refers to the wife of Śiva. There are many avatāra images of Śakti (or Pārvatī), namely Śrī Mīnākṣī, Kāmākṣi, Durgā, Mahiṣāsuramardinī, Bhairavī, Kāntimati Ampāl, Candikeśvarī and many more. Each manifestation of Pārvatī has a special attribute of its own. Each avatāra was taken for a special purpose but ultimately it was for the benefit and salvation of the devotees.

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study (shaivism)

Pārvatī (पार्वती) is the consort of Śiva, according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Pārvatī is Śiva’s imperishable Energy—avvayā śakti. [...] In a passage of the Saurapurāṇa Pārvatī herself expresses before Himālaya that she is the will-power , power of knowledge, power of motivation and power of vital-air of Śiva and the latter is Śaktimān. She is Māyā and Śiva is Māyin. She is called Nityā, Ādimadhyāntarahitā, Nityānandā etc. She is inseparably connected with Śiva just as the power of burning is connected with fire; with her Śiva creates, protects and destroys the universe.

The Saurapurāṇa emphasises on the glorification of the worship of Pārvatī and a vrata named Ulkānavamī-vrata is enjoined to be observed in her honour and it is said that great merits await the worshippers of Pārvatī.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam

Pārvatī (पार्वती) refers to:—Lord Śiva’s consort; daughter of Parvata (the Himālayas); another name for the goddess Kāmākhyā-devī; also known as Durga, Gauri, Kali. (cf. Glossary page from Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Parvati is the wife of Shiva. She is also known as Ambika or Shakti. In her aspect as Parvati she is a benevolent goddess, granting the boons of her worshippers. However, in her aspect as Kali, she is a fierce goddess, the destroyer of her foes and has a terrible visage.

The Devi Bhagavata is the collection of stories involving her, and details many of her incarnations. She is also said to possess overlordship of the Navagrahas (nine planets).

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Parvati (पार्वती, Pārvatī) is another form of Shakti, the wife of Shiva and the gentle aspect of Maha Devi or Durga, the Great Goddess. Parvati is considered to be a complete incarnation of Adi Parashakti or Goddess Durga, with all other Goddesses being her incarnations or manifestations.

Parvati, when depicted alongside Shiva, generally appears with two arms, but when alone, she is depicted having four, eight or ten arms, and is astride on a tiger or lion.

Parvata is one of the Sanskrit words for "mountain"; "Parvati" translates to "She of the mountains" and refers to Parvati being born the daughter of Himavan, lord of the mountains and the personification of the Himalayas.

Source: Sanjay Rath: Maha Mrtyunjaya Mantra

Pārvatī, the constant consort of Lord Śiva, who is referred to in the dhyāna of Mṛtyuṅjaya as the daughter of Himāvat, the Himalayan king-god.

Source: Academia.edu: Tejas Transactions in the Itihāsa-Purāṇa

According to the Bhaviṣya Purāṇa (3.14.22ff.), when the gods approached Śiva requesting him to marry Pārvatī in order to beget a son equal to the task of slaying Tāraka, Śiva protested his inability to comply on account of his chastity vow, and on account of the Goddess being the universal mother. For the sake of the gods, however, he was willing to devolve his vīrya to Agni, which would do the needful on his behalf.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Pārvatī (पार्वती) or Pārvatīvidyā refers to one of the sixteen Vidyās from which are derived the respective classes of Vidyādharas (in this case, Pārvata), according to chapter 1.3 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

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“[...] After making [the two rows of Vidyādhara-cities], many villages and suburbs, they established communities [viz., the Pārvatas] according to the suitability of place. [...] Dharaṇendra instructed them about the law as follows: ‘If any insolent persons show disrespect or do injury to the Jinas, or the Jinas’ shrines, or to those who will attain mokṣa in this birth, or to any ascetics engaged in pratimā, the Vidyās [viz., Pārvatīs] will abandon them at once, just as wealth abandons lazy people. Whoever kills a man with his wife, or enjoys women against their will, the Vidyās will abandon him at once’.”

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pārvatī (पार्वती).—f (S) Parvati, the name of the wife of Shiva.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

pārvatī (पार्वती).—f The name of the wife of Shiva.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Parvati (पर्वति).—f. (Ved.) A rock, stone.

Derivable forms: parvatiḥ (पर्वतिः).

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Pārvatī (पार्वती).—[parvatasyāpatyaṃ strī aṇ]

1) Name of Durgā, born as the daughter of the Himālaya mountain (she was Satī in her former birth; cf Ku.1.21); तां पार्वतीत्याभि- जनेन नाम्ना बन्धुप्रियां बन्धुजनो जुहाव (tāṃ pārvatītyābhi- janena nāmnā bandhupriyāṃ bandhujano juhāva) Ku.1.26.

2) A female cowherd.

3) An epithet of Draupadī.

4) A mountain stream.

5) A kind of fragrant earth.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Parvati (पर्वति).—[feminine] rock, stone.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Parvatī (पर्वती):—[from parvata > parv] a f. a rock, stone, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā]

2) Parvati (पर्वति):—[from parv] f. a rock, stone, [Taittirīya-saṃhitā]

3) Parvatī (पर्वती):—[from parv] 1. parvatī f. of parvata q.v.

4) [v.s. ...] 2. parvatī ind. for ta.

5) Pārvatī (पार्वती):—[from pārvata] a f. See below.

6) Pārvati (पार्वति):—[from pārvata] m. [patronymic] of Dakṣa, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

7) [v.s. ...] cf. Pan, [ib.]

8) Pārvatī (पार्वती):—[from pārvata] b f. (of ta) a mountain stream, [Naighaṇṭuka, commented on by Yāska i, 13]

9) [v.s. ...] Boswellia Thurifera, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] Grislea Tomentosa, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) [v.s. ...] a kind of pepper, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

12) [v.s. ...] = kṣudra-pāṣāṇa-bhedā or jīvanī, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

13) [v.s. ...] a kind of fragrant earth, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

14) [v.s. ...] a female cowherd or Gopī, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

15) [v.s. ...] Name of the god Śiva’s wife (as daughter of Hima-vat, king of the snowy mountains), [Upaniṣad; Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc. ([Religious Thought and Life in India 79])

16) [v.s. ...] of Draupadī, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] ([wrong reading] for pārṣatī)

17) [v.s. ...] of sub voce other women, [Catalogue(s)]; of a river, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

18) [v.s. ...] of a cave in mount Meru, [Harivaṃśa]

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