Mythology: Shiva & Parvati

The Puranas are full of legends about the victories of Shiva over the forces of evil. As Rudra or Bhairava, he is the destroyer of evil. As Shankara or Shiva ‘the auspicious’ – he restores that which is destroyed. He is also the ideal Mahayogi, a great ascetic, engaged in meditation.According to Puranic legend, Sati, the daughter of Daksha, is his consort. Daksha however, does not hold his ascetic son-in-law in high esteem. Daksha performsd a Mahayajna, to which he invites all except Shiva. Sati finds it difficult to bear the insult meted out to her lord.

And when Daksha deliberately slights Shiva, unable to bear the humiliation, Sati enters the sacred fire. She is reborn as Parvati, daughter of Himavat. Kumara Sambhava of Kalidasa, on which this illustrated classic is based, narrates the enduring love of Parvati for Shiva and her efforts at winning over her beloved by penances and austerities. To this day, the abiding love of Parvati for Shiva is the theme of many a folk song in Indian languages.

Script : Kamala Chandrakant
Illustrator :Ram Waeerkar
ISBN : 81-7508-088-4

Code 506

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