Sakthi - Divine Mother, Consort of Siva
Parvathi is Lord Siva's
consort & like Lord Siva, she is portrayed in her roudra & serene
aspects.In her serene aspect, she is depicted as Uma or Parvathi &
is usually seen along with Siva & also their children Lord Ganesha
& Lord Muruga. She is seen with only two hands, holding a blue lotus
in her right hand.
In her terrifying aspects, the most
commonly worshipped forms are Durga & Kali. These are forms taken by
the Goddess in an effort to destroy some form of evil & hence even
these forms need not invoke fear, for she is the mother who has risen in
anger only to destoy evil forces and provide eternal happiness and peace
to her children.
As Durga she is seen with four -
twenty hands. She has 3 eyes, the 3rd eye in her forehead. She is adorned
in bright red sari. In her hands she holds the discuss, bow, trident, bow
& arrow, sword, gadha, etc., Her vahana is the lion and she is sometimes
seen as standing on a lotus or on a buffalo's head.