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Posted: 21 December 2012 at 7:06am | IP Logged
Congratulations, Meenakshi, on launching this thread Clap

My opening question for this thread - is the Durga in all scriptures a form of Parvati, or are there any versions where she is not Mahadev's consort?  In the version where she creates all 3 - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, is she still Shiva's wife?

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Posted: 21 December 2012 at 10:13am | IP Logged
 Vrish, thanks, am inspired from the one created by you in DKDM.Smile
From what I know, she is not Shivji's wife in the version where she created Tridevas & Tridevis. After killing Mahishasur she merges in Paravti & comes out again on Deva's prayer to kill Shumbh, Nishumbh & other Asuras.
As ParaShakti, she is the main Shakti in the World. Doesn't have any consort. Her forms have their consorts.
 

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Posted: 21 December 2012 at 10:38am | IP Logged
Next question - what is the difference b/w Para Shakti & Adi Shakti?

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Posted: 22 December 2012 at 12:27am | IP Logged
Vrish,
as per DP, once on Mandarachal mount, all the Devas were present. Narad asked Shivji, the Tridev's upasana makes a jeeva reach the ultimate goal, even Indra etc have worshiped the Tridevas to get what they have today. But whom do you 3 pray? Please enlighten us.
Hearing this question, Shivji went in samadhi, had Goddss Paramba's darshan, said The Pure, Eaternal, Prakritiswarupini, Bhagavati Jagadamba is the Para-Brhma, we pray to her. She is formless but takes a form & creats this World, nourishes it, in the end destroys it. She has created Brhma, Vishnu & Shiv & gave them Tridevis to help in their respective work. She is ParaShakti. Aadi Shakti is her active aspect prevailing in the World. 

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Thanks for thread.
 
My question:
 
Maa Durga created lord shiva and goddess kali. so from where does sati/parvati come into the picture?


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Posted: 22 December 2012 at 2:45am | IP Logged
My understanding from the answers above is that Ma Durga is a form of Parvati, who herself personifies Adi Shakti.  Whereas the one who created Shiva or who he meditates on is Param Shakti

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Posted: 22 December 2012 at 11:43am | IP Logged
Links of online Devi Bhagvat, Durga Saptashati, Vayu puran is added in the 1st post.

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Posted: 23 December 2012 at 2:02am | IP Logged
Originally posted by .Vrish.

Next question - what is the difference b/w Para Shakti & Adi Shakti?

Purely etymologically, 'Para' means 'the highest' and 'Adi' means first.

Now, the concept of 'Shakti' has been dealt with in two ways and we come across both the approaches in various scriptures. 

In those texts, where the Devi is worshiped as the Supreme Power, she is referred to as 'Para Shakti'. In such cases, though she may be eulogized as Lakshmi, Narayani, Kali, Sharada, it refers to her various attributes rather than relationships with the male gods. It is a conceptual thing- the idea of Divine Mother- Maha Devi. In such cases, it becomes meaningless to argue "Why is the Devi being addressed as both Gauri and Narayani / Does this refer to Mrs Vishnu or Mrs Shiva?" The idea is one of the Highest Feminine Power- who according to her believers is the creator, sustainer and destroyer of the three worlds.

Now, in the Puranic stories, the distinction becomes very clear - because the stories revolve around incidents rather than abstract concepts. Hence it becomes clear whether it is Mrs. Brahma, Mrs Vishnu or Mrs Shiva. In such cases, Parvati / Devi is almost always the wife of Shiva. I will be surprised to find something to the contrary.

"Adi Shakti" is a generic term referring to the "First Lady" ( no pun intended). It can refer to Durga or Lakshmi depending on the text you are reading. 


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