Devi Parvati is a consort
of lord Shiva. She is considered the source of
universal principle of power and creativity.
She is the daughter of the Himalaya (Abode of
Winter), personifying the North tropic. She is the
mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya. Standing close to
Shiva she shows the abhaya mudra (hand gesture of
fearlessness) and usually has one of her children on
her knee. Her other forms are Kali, Durga,
Vaishnavi, and Lalita.