Goddess Adi Parashakti & her consort Lord Shiva

The Hindus strongly believe Goddess Adi Parashakti to be the Supreme Being. The term Adi Parasakati means the all-encompassing eternal power and the Goddess derived the name for being the creator, observer and destroyer of the universe. The Goddess’ appearance is best described in the Lalita Sahasranamam, Kalika Puranam, and Devi Bhagavata Puranam which explicit that her face has the sparkle of scores of stars.

The human form of Adi Parashakti is known as Goddess Parvati and when in her supreme spirit form, the Goddess is known as Param Atman. In other words, she is the greatest of all Goddess.

The various forms of Adi Parashakti are:

Maha Saraswati: This avatar of Adi Parashakti represents the creation, wisdom and learning. Saraswati is known for bestowing intelligence and wisdom and empowers the beneficiary with all forms of art. When in this avatar, the Adi Parashakti adorns yellow garments.

Parvati or Durga or Sati: She is the human form of Adi Parashakti. In this form, she is the wife of Lord Shiva and is known as the complete incarnation of all Goddesses. When appeased she takes the form of Goddesses Lakshmi or Saraswati and when furious she is seen in Kali or Chandi avatar.

Maha Kali: Adi Parashakti in this form is known as the Goddess of spiritual fulfillment. She is the destructor of the universe and provides salvation to the human beings.

Maha Lakshmi: Adi Parashakti in this form bestows the devotees with all materialistic comforts. She is benefactor of spiritual satisfaction and good fortune. For all worldly pleasures and wealth, devotees and pilgrims worship Maha Lakshmi. She wears red clothes when in this avatar.

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