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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Māheśvarī literally means ‘spouse of Maheśvara’, ‘the Great Goddess or Mistress’.

She is Pārvati, the feminine counterpart of Maheśvara Śiva. She can be described as below:

  • She is shown as fair-complexioned with three eyes and four arms.
  • She wears a crown of hair (jatā- mukuṭa).
  • She is bedecked with all ornaments.
  • She carries the battle-axe (paraśu) and the deer (mṛga) in two hands
  • She shows the hand-poses of protection (abhaya) and giving boons (varada) with the other two.
  • She rides on a bull (Nandi).


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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