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Worship of Uma, the consort of Shiva, is the best way to please the deity and get wishes fulfilled. The worship of both Uma and Mahesh is called Uma Maheshwari puja as Uma is Parvati and Maheshawara is lord Shiva. The festival is very auspicious for pious Shaivites across the globe. This year the Uma Maheshwari puja will be celebrated on 1 September.

The Shiv-Parvati worship is an excellent remedy for those who are desirous of getting a dutiful husband/wife. The Puranic story of the marriage between Shiva and Parvati (Swayamvara Parvati) amidst opposition is quite well known.

The Svayamvara Parvati, ultimately gets married to her ‘ishta deva’ Shiv. It is a general belief that by performing Uma Maheshwari puja, Shiva removes any hindrances regarding marriage and Parvati (Uma Maheshwari) signifies all the good qualities associated with a dedicated wife. In this puja, there are additional mantras which are chanted to facilitate martial harmony and happiness. Shiva Parvathi Yajna is a very powerful yajna and was performed by great kings in ancient times.

Uma is the power and consort of Shiva, the god of disintegration and destruction. An overwhelming majority of goddesses of Hinduism are aspects and variations of Parvati. The names by which she is known or worshipped are so many that they cannot be mentioned.

If some of the names like Parvathi, Haimavathi, Girija and Dakshayini indicate her origin from the Himalayas or Daksha (one of the fore fathers of mankind), other names like Mardani, Raudrani and Sharvani stress her aspect as spouse of Shiva. Still others like Aparna and Uma have specific references to certain stories in Puranic literature.  

One of the oldest references to Parvati is made in Kenopanishad, where she is mentioned as ‘Uma Himavati’ enlightening Indra, the king of gods about Brahman, the absolute or god. This reference suggests that the worship of this goddess is very ancient.

According to Puranic accounts, in her ‘first’ incarnation, she was Dakshayini, the daughter of Daksha and Prasuti, and married to Lord Shiva. In this incarnation, she ended her life by igniting herself in yogic fire. Hence, she came to be known as Sati, the chaste one. She was later reborn as Parvati, the daughter of Himavan and Mena. After performing severe austerities she succeeded in pleasing Shiva and accepting her again as his consort.

Parvati Swayamvara puja and havan with Swayamvara Parvati mantra is thus a very effective remedy for those desirous of getting married to a bride/groom as per their wishes.

While performing these austerities, she refused to eat even dry leaves to sustain herself and hence got the appellation, Aparna. Her mother Mena unable to see her daughter languishing by austerities, tried to dissuade her by the words, ‘Uma’ (meaning ‘my dear don’t do this’), which became another name for her (Uma).

Being the daughter of the Himalayas (the abode of snow) she has to be Gauri (the white one). As the mother of the universe, she is Amba and Ambika, both the words signifying, mother. The goddess is also referred to as Annapurna, meaning ‘Bestower of food’ ‘Anna’, though  when translated as ‘food,’ has wider connotation and includes all material objects/wealth, which are the food for the five sense organs.

Like her consort Shiva, she also has two aspects: the mild and the terrible. As Parvati, she represents the mild aspect. The Himalayas represent the Akasha or ether, the first fundamental substance. Mena stands for intelligence. Hence Parvati, their offspring represents the continuous substance of the universe. At the subjective level, Uma-Haimavathi represents Brahmavidya or spiritual wisdom, by which, union with Shiva or god is attained.

Being the consort of Shiva, who is Rudra, the terrible, Parvati also has very dangerous aspects. As ‘Bagalamuki’ and ‘Chinnamastika’, the Mahavidyas (goddesses of great learning) she represents her fierce and terrible aspect, perhaps the most terrible aspect of all goddesses in Hinduism.

Worshipping Parvati in various forms can yield various worldly gains. Particularly the Swayamvara Parvati aspect can give a very good marriage to those facing difficulties pertaining to the same.
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