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Parvati's austerities purified the grove and transformed it into a holy sanctuary: sacrificial fires burnt in newly-built huts of leaves, the long-standing hostility between warring beasts had disappeared, and the trees honoured all guests by providing them with the fruits they liked.

But when she realised that what she desired was not to be attained by the austerities and meditation she had been practising so far, then, disregarding the delicateness of her body, she embarked upon a path of extreme asceticism.

She, who would feel tired after playing with a ball, plunged into a life of amazingly rigorous practices. Indeed her body seemed made of gold lotuses, being at the same time delicate like a flower and tough like a hard metal. 

In summer the lady of slender waist, smiling so very innocently, stood in the middle of four blazing fires, eyes wide open, fixing her gaze on the heavenly ball of fire above her head and refusing to be overpowered by its blinding light.

First, her face, greatly scorched by the rays of the sun, shone like a pink lotus. But gradually, and only around the long corners of her eyes, the skin slowly darkened.

A tree does not ask for water; it simply absorbs whatever it receives. Similarly Parvati would live only on that water ' dew or rain ' that would come to her of its own accord, and on the moon beams dripping with nectar.

Encircled by the four roaring fires and exposed to the fierce rays of the sun, she let herself be completely burnt, and when the showers of the late summer arrived, an intense heat came out of her, as out of a parched earth, and ascended upwards.

The first drops of water remained suspended for a while on her long eye-lashes; then after falling on her lips which they bruised, they broke against the top of her firm breasts. Finally, rolling through the delicate lines of her bust, they reached her deep-chiselled navel.

She stood there, unprotected in the middle of raging tempests, drenched by incessant rains or lashed by the winds, and all she had to rest on was a bare rock. Flashes of lightning, the eyes of the night, at times pierced the darkness and through them the nights bore witness to her extraordinary sacrifice.

Winter came. The cold winds blew and scattered around masses of hardened snow. Unflinchingly she stood in water like a pillar of strength. Yet at night when she heard the plaintive cry of the two chakravaka birds calling each other, she felt the pain of their separation and her soft heart filled with compassion for the two estranged lovers.

The snows had robbed the streams of their beautiful lotuses. But her face, as fragrant as the lotus itself, was reflected at night in the icy waters: shining brightly with the quivering petal of the lower lip, it restored its lost splendour to the streams of the mountain.



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It had always been thought that the highest achievement in asceticism was to subsist only on leaves that fall naturally from the trees; but even that she spurned. The leaves remained on the ground. Hence, the name "Aparna", which those who know history gave to this gently-speaking lady: A-parna, that is to say, "the one who refuses even leaves".

Though her body was as delicate as the stem of the lotus, she submitted it to all these exhausting ordeals day after day and night after night, thereby going much further than anchorites with hardened frames.

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Originally posted by disha15

Thanks for this week's story! Hugwas luking fwd to reading it.

So Kaamdev is referred to as cupid in some places? (ol the wings' jokes will have to b forgiven Ermm)

It was interesting to know bout the changes Parvati brought to her surroundings while she was doing tapasya.






hey thanks disha, I have included two versions, first in short very common and second her tap was described in detail. 

ya kamdev is called as cupidLOL


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Originally posted by Nandiniraizaada

Wow lovely storySmile

thank u nandiniBig smile


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Vow shreya ,Great Update.

I always like to hear the ,story behind the name Aparna. Even hearing this name itself , clean all the impurities in us  .But our cvs are Stating Parvati with  born ImpuritiesConfused.

Thanks for sharing Hug

I like to add one more point about the Bronze Idol picture(my wallpaper Smile) u have posted  here .
I HIndu Scriptures no Women is described as bare shoulders ..But MOst of the Sculptures and Statues of Parvati is done in this manner upto 12 centh  to Indicate  her as a Great Female Hermit . Its a symbol for her great austerity  .
But after Mohamadians attack and ill comments over such works , THe later renounced temples are filled up  with Statues of Parvati having upper cloths like other women goddesses.But still one can witness such wonderful statues in south Indian temples (Notably cholas bronze Idols and Chalukians Works ).
Vrishavahana Shiva and Parvati

Bronze Shiva, Parvati, Murugan Statues


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thanks 4 adding this drHug, i don't know about that previously. Smile

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PLS MDians m.facebook.com/aash.mishra.1?refid=5 this is d link to IF WASSUP TV ANCHOR AASHIMA MISHRA FB PROFILE . req her 4 mohit raina or mouni roy interview .

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Vow...shreya, Hug thanks for posting such a beautiful story along with the pictures.. Smile

@ vanadhi thanks to u also for adding more valuable info along wid the beautiful ancient statues...lovely Hug Smile

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