Cultures & Traditions


Parvati is the wife of the Hindu deity Shiva. She is a daughter of the Himalayas, who is also called Uma, “the shining one.” Shiva and Parvati are often shown as a loving couple embracing each other. Their children, Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, and Skanda, a great warrior, often appear with the couple. Parvati has no major cult of her own, but under different names and personalities, she is worshipped as the Great Goddess, Devi.

Adapted from

A. Levosky, DMA Unpublished material, 2013.