• Lord Shiva is the Liberator and the Divine Father in Hinduism. Goddess Parvati, the Mother Goddess who also appears as Goddess Kali, is the shakti (energy) and spouse of Shiva.
  • For many Shaiva Hindus, Shiva is the Supreme Being, who has handed over the responsibilities of creation and preservation to Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, respectively.
  • Generally, Parvati-Shiva are worshipped together by Hindus. Even numerous Vaishnavites worship Parvati-Shiva for their extraordinary benevolence and role in granting the bhakti of Lord Rama/Lord Vishnu to beings.
  • The names of Parvati-Shiva’s children are Ganesha and Kartikaye. In temples, Nandi, Shiva’s bull (his vehicle), also accompanies the other members of the Shiva family. Among the innumerable Shiva temples in the world, the twelve jyotirlingas are considered distinctive.
  • The divine plays of Parvati-Shiva can be read in the puranas, such as the Shiva Purana and the Skanda Purana.
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