Goddess Maa Shailputri, India

Parvati represents Shailaputri during her childhood stage. Her father was the mountain king, Lord Himavan, and her mother was Queen Menavati. The goddess has taken on the avatar of Shailputri Parvati after having given up her Sati form. Her attachment to Shiva began at a very early age. On her journey to become one with Mahadev, Parvati took birth as a woman in order to transform into a goddess. This little daughter makes a family's happiness, joy, and pride complete. Her complexion is milky white, her eyes are content and she has a calm demeanor. She is adorned with light ornaments on her limbs and dressed in a red and pink robe. She holds a trident and lotus in both hands. She sits upon the back of a white bull.

She was born Sati before she was born as Shailaputri. Daksha Prajapati's daughter, one of Brahma's sons. Sati desired to marry Lord Shiva. As per Daksha Prajapati, Shiva was not supposed to be married to girls from respectable families. However, Sati went against her father's wishes to marry Shiva and went to live with Lord Shiva in Kailash Parvat.

Her husband, Daksa Prajapati, organized a large yajna in which all the gods and goddesses were invited after a few years of marriage. In spite of her desire to visit them, she was not invited. It might have been obvious to Sati that daughters are always welcome at home. So she decided to go see her parents. The only person who embraced her was her mother. Eventually, Sati jumped into the flames and self-immolated. She was born again, this time as a Himalayan princess. This time she was called Shailaputri. Also in this birth, she was married to Lord Shiva as she had two other names: Parvati and Hemavati. Shivalaputri is regarded to be one of Durga's strongest popular forms.

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