Dec 07, 2023
Dec 07, 2023
Goddess Parvati is also known by the name of Aparna. It means A (without) - Parna(leaf) – without a leaf. There goes an interesting story in Hindu Mythology as to how Parvati came to be known as ‘Aparna’ – the leafless one.
Himavan – The King of the snow-clad peaks of Himalayas and his wife Mena gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Uma, also known as Parvati, daughter of the mountains.
Parvati was Sati re-born, the mother-goddess herself, determined to make Shiva a householder once again.
After Sati had immolated herself in her father Daksha’s Palace, being humiliated before all the Gods by her very own father who denounced her husband Shiva as a wild, beastly, indecent vagabond - Shiva full of remorseful agony for his dead wife, isolated himself and led a reclusive life in the icy caves of the Himalayas in his abode – Mount Kailasa. He rejected the world outside.
Determined to draw Shiva out of his cave and make him her consort, every day, Parvati crossed the cold mountain valleys and went into his cave with gifts of fruits and flowers, hoping to win his love. She would sweep the floor and tend to the fire, so that he might take notice of her.
He never did. Not even once did he open his eyes to look upon her charming face. He either meditated or he smoked his pipe, the chillum, and lost himself in narcotic dreams. Parvati knew that she wanted Shiva for a husband. But how would she win his heart if he never looked her way?
Death of Kama
Parvati invoked Priti (the goddess of love and longing) and Rati (the mistress of erotica), to rouse Shiva out of his meditation. They entered Shiva’s desolate cave and transformed it into a pleasure garden of fragrant flowers, spring breezes, dancing nymphs, buzzing bees and singing mynahs. Kama – The God of Lust and Desire also joined in with his Consort – Rati, and with his sugarcane bow sent love-darts and arrows dripping with desire into Shiva’s heart.
Shiva was rather furious than amused. In his anger, he opened his third eye and with a flame of fury engulfed Kama’s beautiful body and reduced it to ashes. With desire so brutally crushed, the cosmic sage resumed his meditation.
“What have you done?” cried Rati, Kama’s beloved Consort. “Without desire, the bull will forsake the cow, the horse, the mare and the bees, the flowers. There will be no homes, no families, as men and women will not love each other. Society will collapse and life will be devoid of its very essence. Desire may be the cause of suffering; but it is also the reason for joy. What is life without it? An existence without flavor.”
Rati’s lamentations moved Shiva. He saw the wisdom in her words. He realized that complete rejection of the world made little sense. Living had its price - suffering; it also had its reward – joy. One came with the other. Together they gave a reason for surviving.
The death of Kama alarmed the Gods: “Without the Lord of Desire, man will not embrace woman and life will cease to be.”
Parvati said: “I shall find another way to win Shiva’s heart. When Shiva becomes my consort, Kama will be re-born.
Parvati realized that she had to prove the earnestness of her feelings if she wished to be Shiva’s Consort. Perhaps he would marry the mountain princess, if her love for him was true. With her he would find the balance between Yoga and Bhoga.
She went into the forest and performed rigorous Tapas, wearing nothing to protect her tender body from the harsh weather, eating nothing, not even a leaf, earning the admiration of the forest ascetics, Sadhus and Sages, who named her Aparna – the leafless one.
Parvati focused her mind on Shiva. She thought of nothing but him. She ate nothing, drank nothing, she only chanted his name. She sat so still that ants began to crawl on her skin and lizards slithered over her limbs, taking her to be a rock. The Sages were impressed by the determination of the mountain princess to endure such an endless fast for so long a time. They gathered around her and blessed her. “She is Aparna, the girl who refuses to eat even a leaf,” they said.
Aparna matched Shiva in her capacity to cut herself from the world and completely master her physical needs. The power of her Tapas shook Shiva out of his meditation. Her persistence was amazing. Shiva was impressed. He stepped out of his cave and accepted Parvati as his wife. He married her in the presence of the Gods with sacred rites before the holy fire. The cosmos rejoiced.
Parvati melted Shiva’s stern heart with her affection. Together they played dice on Mount Kailasa and sported on the banks of Lake Mansarovar, discovering the joys of married life. The Goddess also awakened Shiva’s concern for the world by questioning him on various issues about nature, society, life and marriage. As he spoke, he revealed the secrets of the Tantras, the mysteries of the Vedas and the splendors of the Shastras that he had gathered in eons of meditation. Thus his great wisdom was revealed for the good of the cosmos. Parvati was the perfect student, Shiva the perfect teacher. The world was enriched by these sacred discourses. Inspired by Parvati’s beauty, Shiva became the fountain-head of music, dance and drama. He sang and danced to the delight of the Gods who were pleased to see his enchantment with the Goddess. He came to be known as Lord of the Arts –Kaleshvar.
The Cosmic Couple
Parvati and Shiva complemented each other perfectly. She was gentle and graceful; he was wild and forceful. She domesticated Shiva and turned him into a householder, much to the satisfaction of the Gods. She softened the stern hermit with sweet words; her smile stirred love in his austere heart. When she embraced Shiva and the two became one in a sacred union, Kama – the Lord of Desire – the catalyst of all creative forces – was re-born. The twang of the Love-God’s Bow and the fragrance of spring filled the air. The cosmos and the Gods cheered this divine union.
(compiled from various sources)
More by : Aparna Chatterjee
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|One more mening for Aparna, other than 'without leaf'.|
Aparna is the name of Lalitha Maheswari. Ap' means 'down' 'lessen' or without AND Rna means 'debt. the one who reduce the Rna (R as in a rshi or sage). Devi Lalitha is the one who reduces our Rna. We get each birth because of different kind of Rnas or Debts. Debts to our Pitrus, Rishis, Devas, Bhutas (Jivas) etc etc. These Rnas arecalled Prarabdhas or Dhukkas or Problems/worries/pain/sufferings etc. It can be the other way as boons. So by chanting the names of Devi or Krishna (OM NAMO BHAGAVATHE VASUDEVAYA) we can escape from this SAMSARA Samudra.
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|Aparna is my daughter's name. The name Aparna is found in Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam.|
The detailed account dispelled our ignorance of the Sahasranamas of Mother Goddess. People will be more happy, if you could publish the stories that reveal the real meanings of names of certain mythological personalities
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I Love my child......... Aparna (Appu)
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|There's only 1thing|
4u."I LOVE YOU' Aparna
Nee Ehn Paathi aaghi vittai.So ehn Parvathi Nee.
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|i luv my name and the goddess in it....................|
name which changed my lyf upside down...
she swept me off my feet...
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|when i select my daughter 's name within 10 name's which r selected my friends suddenly a word comes our mind i e APARNA and i tell my friends about this name, and we are excited to know what is the meanings of this word.we search on net &read the story of APARNA and finaly my daughter 's called aparna- SHAILENDRA BHARDWAJ|
|never knew my name has so strong reason to b kept|
|actually i am very much interested to read this story...|
i have friend named rijin....
aparna is his lover
we used to call him by his name....
we do not know that there is a legendary history behind this name
he can proud of her name
|i am proud to have this name,,,my mom juz loves this name and that is the reason why she gave me this name,,, <3 u mom,,,, :))|
|i m proud to have this name and very thankful to my parents 4 giving me this name .......... nd my friends call me appy|
|Nd in my sight aparna is worshipable for me as a goddess....nd i m so lucky that now she is in my lyf..............|
|I love my life aparna nd i most like this name .mujhe use i love u aparna khna achha lgta hai n di krta hai ki use bar bar i love u aparna khu...|
Nd yh aparna nam ab meri jindgi bn chukai hai nd i m proud of proud of myself that i m love of aparna....
|And dat's why ur so special sweetie..... Proud of ua name Aparna... Lov u :)|
|i want that high passion, deteermination, of goddess parvati|
since it justifies my name.
epic history of my name is awesome, very memsmerisng.
i think no other women can do this for god-shiva.
hats off to the love.
|Love you my appu. .|
|Now, I have more respect & love for my wife Aparna|
|nice story and i love my name very much now |
i was named parvathi and my parents changed my name i would always complain that why they changed my name but now iam happy that my name is connected wit parvathi ...............
|story chala bagundi ma friend name kuda aparna|
|i love my name,my self.|
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The most beautiful girl which i everseen
|I loved this story.....nd i'm proud having this name....APARNA.....|
| When my parents put my name they did not know about the meaning of Aparna. Now I am very proud of that because my name is connected with Goddess Parvathi.|
|I luv my name,nd thnks for my parents to give cute name........|
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many thanks to ma mom and dad for this name......................
|chan nav ahe 'APARNA'|
|Aparna daram (appu) is my lover |
she's very clever one
i love appu . But my love is 1side. . . .
Sheva is my favarat god. . . .with his bless i will get my appu's love.. . . . . .
|Hi5.....to all APARNA'S.....:) :)|
|it s my luver name she s my world the pesons who r going read dis plz pray a sec fo|
r the success of my luv
|i love this story... nd am proud of my name.. and thanks my parents they give me this name aparna...|
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|i am thankin my parents 4 giving me this name......|
|lovely story..............like parvathi i would like to live with my husband samuel in my future for thousands of years............i love sam.......|
|Am Aparna, nd am proud of it, |
am also love my husband like Aparna
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|Nice story.My friend name is aparna.|
|i am glad to know the meaning of my name. thak you so much|
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|I lky my name very much n i also knw dis story frm my childhood..thank u mom for giving a nice n meaningful name 2 "me"|
|I Love my name & I Love my husband like Parvathy...|
|Love yu my appu. . ..|
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|I was aware of the meaning of my name & I am proud of my name. I also knows the story from my childhood. It was nice there are so many aparna.|
|Iam proud of my name|
|My daughters name is Aparna.I knew its Parvatis name.But not the story.|
Thank u very much......
|APARNA is my lover's name. Thanks for the story. It is very cool......!!!!!!!|
|i was aware of the meaning of my name, but was not aware of the story. thk u very much.|
|Nice story....,am pround of my name...to give such a wounderful story.....|
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|very lovely story|
|never knew the story behind ma name|