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According to Hindu mythology, Adi Parashakti—the Goddess, Devi—is the Supreme Being and recognized as Para Brahman.[3] The Devi Bhagwata Mahapurana suggests that Adi Parashakti is the original creator, observer and destroyer of whole universe. Hence Adi Parashakti is Param Prakriti. Parvati, the goddess of power is considered as her Sagun Swaroop (human form). That is to say that Parvati is the truest material form of the Goddess, possessing the three qualities (Sattva, rajas, or tamas).

MAA CHINNAMASTA: an epithet of the Hindu Goddess Parvati. This tantric Goddess is one of the Dasa Mahavidyas. She represents self-sacrifice and is honored also in Tibetan Buddhism. She decapitates Her own head to feed Her two attendants, Dakini and Yogini (or Jaya & Vijaya) with Her own blood. This is a metaphor that Divine Energy pours forth from Brahman and energizes sattva, rajas, and tamas gunas simultaneously to maintain material balance. Aum.

According to Hindu mythology, Adi Parashakti—the Goddess, Devi—is the Supreme Being and recognized as Para Brahman.[3] The Devi Bhagwata Mahapurana suggests that Adi Parashakti is the original creator, observer and destroyer of whole universe. Hence Adi Parashakti is Param Prakriti. Parvati, the goddess of power is considered as her Sagun Swaroop (human form). That is to say that Parvati is the truest material form of the Goddess, possessing the three qualities (Sattva, rajas, or tamas).

Trishula and Ouroboros. Trishula is Shiva's trident. It represents inertia, momentum, and the balance between them. Ouroboros is the snake biting its own tail on Shiva's neck. It's a reference to imortality.

According to Hindu mythology, Adi Parashakti—the Goddess, Devi—is the Supreme Being and recognized as Para Brahman.[3] The Devi Bhagwata Mahapurana suggests that Adi Parashakti is the original creator, observer and destroyer of whole universe. Hence Adi Parashakti is Param Prakriti. Parvati, the goddess of power is considered as her Sagun Swaroop (human form). That is to say that Parvati is the truest material form of the Goddess, possessing the three qualities (Sattva, rajas, or tamas).

Maharajah Ranjit Singh, The Lion of the Punjab (13 November 1780 – 27 June 1839), was the founder of the Sikh Empire, which came to power in the Indian subcontinent in the early half of the 19th century. The empire, based in the Punjab region, existed from 1799 to 1849.