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Being the daughter of King Himavat (King of Mountains/Himalaya), her name became Parvati signifying ‘daughter of the mountain’. Mostly seen as a mindful and delicate form of mother, she is the goddess of fertility, love, marriage, and adherence with divine quality and supremacy.
Expressed in numerous roles, forms, moods, epithets, and characteristics, Goddess Parvati, and every one of her forms are worshipped as an individual goddess. There are over 100 names given to her concerning her roles in Hindu stories. Regardless of that, as a goddess Lalita or Lalita Maha Tripura Sundari (one of the 10 Mahavidyas), Parvati contains her 1000 different names, which is recorded in Lalita Sahasranama (text from Brahmanda Purana). Goddess speaks to the wide scope of what women can accomplish for society and her family.
Parvati and Lord Shiva are companions and Parvati is the mother of Hindu Gods, Ganesha, Kumar/Kartikeya, and Ashokasundari. Puranas additionally show her as a sister of Lord Vishnu. In Shaivism, worshipping Shiva without goddess Parvati is viewed as a pointless go about as Parvati is the divine energy of Shiva and vice versa. Without Shiva, there is no Shakti and without Shakti, there is no Shiva as per an article on VedicFeed.
Parvati alongside Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati is the group of three known as Tridevi which is the feminine adaptation of Trimurti (triad exemplified by Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma).
Other than the incomprehensible power and stories identified with the goddess, here are a couple of facts about the goddess Parvati:
Adi Parashakti – Mother of Universe
Goddess Parvati is also called Adi Parashakti (First Supreme Energy). Adi Parashakti is depicted in Puranas (Kalika Purana, Brahmanda Purana, Devi Bhagavata Purana, and Shiva Purana) as a mother, whose energy is liable for the creation, safeguarding, and decimation of the universe. Divine Parashakti made the trinity of divine beings (Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar/Shiva). It is said that Shiva got his achievement subsequent to worshipping and meditating Adi Parashakti for a great many years utilizing the Beeja mantra. She is viewed as the supreme soul past any structure, yet can take any attractive structures.
Dasa Mahavidya (Ten Mahavidya)
The ten enormous forms of Divine mother goddess are known as Das Mahavidya. Dasa Mahavidyas are wisdom goddesses, where “Dasa” signifies ‘Ten’, Maha signifies ‘Great’ and Vidya signifies ‘Wisdom’. Each form has her own name, story, character, and mantras, and they are Kali, Tara, Maha Tripura Sundari, Bhuwaneshwari, Bhairabi, Chinnamasta, Dhumavati, Banglamukhi, Matangi and Kamala. This Mahavidya type of goddess Parvati is viewed as the one to control and work all the nine planets and keep everything under control.
Parvati as Sati or Dakshyani
Parvati is the rebirth of Devi Sati or Dakshyani, daughter of Daksha, who wedded Lord Shiva, conflicting with her dad’s choice. During an extraordinary yajna performed by Daksha, Sati and Lord Shiva were offended, and the angered Sati took her original form of Adi Parashakti, cursed Daksha, and took her life by consuming the fire of yagna. After the demise of Sati, miserable and discouraged Shiva vowed to never wed again and live segregated from the worldly pleasures. Nonetheless, to get the Lord again from his ascetic disconnection, gods persuaded the goddess to accept resurrection as Parvati.
Ardhanarishwara is the combined form of Shiv Parvati, depicted as a single body – right half is of Shiva and another half is of Parvati. Parashakti created Shiva out of herself to balance both the feminine and masculine energies. When Adi Parashakti devolved her power as a Parvati and became the consort of Shiva, it was important to show the whole world that Shiva and Parvati are a single entity, there are both father and mother, both ascetic and worldling both fearsome and gentle and both constructive and destructive, by showing their Ardanarishvara form.
Maa Tara: Goddess who saved Shiva from Halahala poison
Goddess Tara is the second of the Dasa Mahavidyas. She is supposed to be the person who made first seed, from which Lord Vishnu took birth as expressed in Shakti Mahabhagawat. During Samundra Manthan (agitating of the sea), when Lord Shiva drank the powerful poison Halahala and fell unconscious, goddess Parvati showed up as Maa Tara as mother and took the Lord on her lap. Goddess Tara at that point takes care of Shiva and fed him with breast milk which helped Lord Shiva to get back to normal. From that point onwards, Lord Shiva became Nilkantha and Goddess Tara became Maa Neel Saraswati for retaining the poison inside her.
At some point, Lord Shiva and Parvati were contending about the significance of Prakriti (nature) as Shiva told that all materialistic things are illusions. Parvati got more angry when he included that, even the food we eat is a illusion. Along these lines, so as to show the significance of food, Parvati vanished from Kailash. Due to her vanishing food likewise vanished and the world began to starve including Lord Shiva, in light of why they began asking goddess to return. In this way, Parvati returned as goddess Annapurna and offered food to the Kailash family, causing the world to unders,tand the significance of Prakriti.
Goddess Meenakshi, who is one of the incarnations of Goddess Parvati was born into the kingdom of a childless Pandyan King Malayadwaja Pandyan and Queen Kanchanamala of Madurai, from a pit of fire. She was called Meenakshi due to her fish-formed eyes. The bizarre thing was, the goddess had three breasts. Her father, the king was informed that her third breast would vanish the day she met her soulmate. She was raised as an undefeatable warier and was crowned the successor of the realm. In the process of conquering the world she came to Kailash and met Lord Shiva as “Sundareshwor”, and her third breast vanished. Along these lines, she took the Lord to her realm and got married to him.
According to Karna Parva of Mahabharata, King Malayadwaja died in the battle of Kurukshetra. Goddess Meenakshi ascended to the throne immediately after the Mahabharata war and ruled the kingdom with Lord Shiva as a mortal.
At the point when Parvati lost her concentration while Shiva was clarifying about the secrets of the Universe and Vedas, he cursed her to be reborn in mortal land as a fisherwoman, with the goal that she can figure out how to focus. After this curse, Parvati promptly vanished and was conceived as a girl child shielded under a huge tree, who was then found by the head of the fisherman of that territory. The man took her in as his child and named her “Parvati”. She grew up to be a lovely woman and to get her back, Lord Shiva likewise appeared as an fisherman, impressed Parvati, and got married to her.
Andakhasura – Asura Son of Parvati
As referenced in Shiva Purana, one day when Parvati covered Shiva’s eyes from behind, Parvati’s hand sweated from the monstrous energy and a sweat drop fell on the ground. From it was brought into the world a dull visually impaired youngster. Shiva and Parvati named their child Andakha (which means conceived in darkness). Later Shiva offered Andakha to asura Hiranyaksha who has prayed Shiva for a kid. Throughout time Andakha, who was granted a help from Brahma, attempted to abduct wonderful goddess Parvati, without realizing that she was his mom. Later Shiva battled with Andakha and taught him a lesson, which caused him to understand that goddess Parvati was his mother. Andakha understanding his missteps requested forgiveness and forgiven by both Shiva and Parvati.
Vahana (Vehicle) of Goddess Parvati
Vahana of goddess Parvati is a lion named ‘Dawon’ which is also a half tiger. Dawon was offered by the gods to serve the goddess Parvati as her vahana (vehicle). In Hindu stories, Dawon is also known as Ghatokbahini Singha i.e. hybrid of lion and tiger. (Vehicles of Hindu Gods and Goddesses).
As kids growing up in different states, Shoba Narayan and Michael Maliakel shared a love of one favorite film — "Aladdin." Both are of Indian descent, and in the animated movie, they saw people who looked like them.
That shared love has gone full-circle this month as Narayan and Maliakel lead the Broadway company of the musical "Aladdin" out of the pandemic, playing Princess Jasmine and the hero from the title, respectively.
"Growing up, there was such little South Asian and Middle Eastern representation in the American media, and Princess Jasmine was really all I had. She was a huge role model to me as someone who was intelligent and strong and independent and beautifully curious, and that's who I wanted to be," says Narayan, who grew up in Pennsylvania.
The pair arrived at "Aladdin" in very different ways. Maliakel is making his Broadway debut, but Narayan is a musical theater veteran, having made her Broadway debut in "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" and touring with "Hamilton" as Eliza Hamilton.
She was in "Wicked" as Nessarose when the pandemic shut down Broadway in March 2020. Her agent called in April with the prospect of auditioning for Jasmine. She sang "A Whole New World" over Zoom on gallery mode, pretending to be on a magic carpet. "It was a very unique experience," she says, laughing.
Disney producers flew her to New York to meet face-to-face and go through the material again. Narayan was asked to read with different Aladdin potential actors. She got the gig: "I went from a wicked witch to a Disney princess. Can't complain."
Maliakel, a native of New Jersey, came from the world of opera, a baritone who studied at Johns Hopkins University and the 2014 winner at the National Musical Theatre Competition. He trained his voice to be flexible, waiting for the right window to open.
"I didn't really see a lot of people doing what I wanted to do in the world," he says. "There just wasn't a whole lot of representation. So it's really hard to imagine yourself in those scenarios when you have no one to look up to as a role model or an example of how it could be done."
He played Porter and understudied Raoul in a national tour of "The Phantom of the Opera," which ended its run in Toronto just before the pandemic hit.
"I always dreamed that Broadway might happen someday," he says, laughing. "I'm just kind of dipping my toes into the waters in one of the biggest male roles in the business right now, and it's kind of surreal."
'Aladdin' featured as a Broadway Musical with a cast of Indian origin playing the main roles Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Broadway's "Aladdin" is a musical adaptation of the 1992 movie starring Robin Williams. The musical's story by Chad Beguelin hews close to the film: A street urchin finds a genie in a lamp and hopes to woo a princess while staying true to his values and away from palace intrigue.
Key Alan Menken songs from the film — including "Friend Like Me," ″Prince Ali" and "A Whole New World" — are used. The lyricists are the late Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Beguelin.
The show — and it's two new leads — had a few performances to celebrate Broadway's return from the pandemic this fall before it was forced to close for several days when breakthrough COVID-19 cases were detected. The actors say the safety of the cast, crew and audience are paramount and closing was the smart move.
"This is how we keep theater going in the pandemic," Maliakel says. "The other option is to just not do it at all. And that's not an option. A week's worth of lost performances, when we look back on things in a year or so, I think will just be a little blip on the radar."
They both look back with heart-thumping appreciation at the early performances when they welcomed back theater-starved audiences, who gave the company 3-minute standing ovations just for singing "A Whole New World."
"It is every brown girl's dream to be singing that song on an actual flying carpet," says Narayan. "And the fact that I got to do it on Broadway in the full costume with the lights and the 32-piece orchestra beneath me — oh, my gosh, I really had to hold it together. It was emotional overload for me."
Maliakel recalls that he and his brothers wore out their VHS cassette version of "Aladdin." He remembers having lunchboxes, pajamas and bed sheets with the film's theme. Aladdin was "every little brown kid's prince." Now he is that prince.
"Now, finally, to get to get paid to do it on the world's largest stage — it's not lost on me how crazy that is," he says. "The responsibility of my position right now feels really great. This moment sort of feels bigger than me in some ways, and I don't take that lightly. I think it's a really exciting time." (VOA/RN)
Keywords: Aladdin, Broadway, Musical, Indian Descendant cast,
Jack Daniel's is the world's most popular whiskey brand, but until recently, few people knew the liquor was created by Nathan "Nearest" Green, an enslaved Black man who mentored Daniel.
"We've always known," says Debbie Staples, a great-great-granddaughter of Green's who heard the story from her grandmother. … "He made the whiskey, and he taught Jack Daniel. And people didn't believe it … it's hurtful. I don't know if it was because he was a Black man."
But people believe it now — in large part because Brown-Forman Corporation, owner of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, has acknowledged the foundational role Green played in the brand's development.
"The truth of the matter is, Nearest Green was the first head distiller of Jack Daniels whiskey," says Matt Blevins, global brand director for Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey. "We're very proud of this story and are very committed to amplifying it and acknowledging that. In the past, we did not amplify it the way that we could have in earlier eras, but we're about the future and moving forward."
America's first-known Black master distiller
The story begins in Lynchburg, Tennessee, current home of the Jack Daniel Distillery. In the mid-1800s, Green's slaveholders hired him out to a local preacher named Dan Call. Green, who had a reputation as a skilled distiller, made whiskey for Call, using a sugar maple charcoal filtering process that is believed to have originated in West Africa. Daniel, a boy who worked for Call, became Green's apprentice and learned the special technique that gave the Tennessee whiskey its smooth taste.
After emancipation in 1863, when all enslaved people were freed, Daniel purchased Call's distillery and hired Green as Jack Daniel Distillery's first master distiller.
"The best knowledge that we have is that they had a mentor-and-mentee sort of a relationship, and I would say, a friendship," says Blevins. "The stories that have been passed down [talk] about the care that Jack Daniel took to always acknowledge … the Green family."
Historic photo of Jack Daniel (in white hat) seated next to George Green, the son of Nathan "Nearest" Green Image source: VOA
There are no known pictures of Green, but there is one of Daniel with Green's son, George, sitting next to Daniel, rather than being relegated to the back.
"That photograph shows the respect that they had for one another and for their families," says Stefanie Benjamin, an assistant professor of tourism management at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. "To be not only allowed in that photograph, but also positioned in the foreground and sitting right next to Jack Daniels himself."
Search for the truth
Green's role in the history of the brand was uncovered by a writer and entrepreneur named Fawn Weaver, who became fascinated by Green's unheralded contribution to the world's most popular whiskey. After extensive research, including interviews with Green's descendants, Weaver shared her documentation with the company.
"I was very pleasantly surprised when they embraced my research and updated their records to reflect that," Weaver told VOA via email. "I think it said a lot about the character of their company that they moved that quickly to course correct."
Jack Daniel's has incorporated Green's contributions into the official history of the brand, but Weaver has gone a step further. She invested $1 million of her own money to establish Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, which is now the fastest-growing independent American whiskey brand in U.S. history.
Fawn Weaver (center in red) with her leadership team at Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, including master distiller Victoria Eady Butler (far left), the great‐great‐granddaughter of Nearest Green. (Photo courtesy Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey) Image credit: VOA
The company's master distiller is Victoria Eady Butler, Green's great‐great‐granddaughter.
"Uncle Nearest is the most-awarded American whiskey or bourbon of 2019, 2020 and 2021, and the fact that it is the bloodline of Nearest Green blending and approving what goes into our bottles is something I marvel at regularly," Weaver says. "Victoria is an absolute natural when it comes to blending, and to watch her work is to see something pretty darn close to perfection."
Seven generations of Green's family have worked at the Jack Daniel Distillery, a tradition that continues today with Staples and two of her siblings. But the Green family did not benefit when the Daniel family sold the Jack Daniel distillery to Brown-Forman for $20 million in 1956.
"Although they [the Green family] were very well off in terms of finances [in the 1800s] in that time, they were not the owners or co-owners of the Jack Daniel distillery," Benjamin says. "And so, those millions of dollars have been passed down through generations of the Jack Daniel family, and not necessarily the Green family."
Maturing barrels of whiskey in a barrel house on the grounds of the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. (Photo courtesy Jack Daniel's) Image credit: VOA
Weaver's Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey has joined forces with Jack Daniel's to launch a program that provides support, expertise and resources to African-American entrepreneurs entering the spirits industry.
Staples says her family is thrilled their great-great-grandfather is finally being recognized.
"It's kind of mind-boggling … and we are so proud," Staples says. "And to think that from here to Africa, that recipe goes all the way back. And to think that he played such an important role in establishing this company. It sometimes seems unreal. It really does."
Because of Weaver's tenacity, Green's story, although left untold for more than a century, will not be lost to history. But that's not the case with so many other stories of Black achievement and contributions to the nation.
"Part of telling his story and sharing his legacy is to give credit and to give attention to a person who, if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have the Jack Daniel whiskey as we know it today," Benjamin says. "It showcases yet another example of how formerly enslaved people, Black people, African American people who have really built this country, are left out of the dominant narrative that we tell." (VOA/RN)
(This article is originally written by Dora Mekouar)
Keywords: Jack Daniel's, Whiskey, Nathan Green, Slavery, Black achievement
Cricket fans can now book the ultimate experience with the official accommodation booking partner for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, Booking.com. The T20 Pavillion, a bespoke cricket-themed luxury stay that transforms the Presidential Suite at Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel and Residences into a classic cricket stadium.
The suite offers guests an all-inclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience during the India vs Pakistan ICC Men's T20 World Cup match on October 24, 2021, packed with quirks and luxuries that is sure to satisfy even the biggest cricket enthusiast. Additionally, as a part of the experience, guests will also have the exclusive opportunity to meet Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor at The T20 Pavilion.
The booking window that opens at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and will be booked on a 'first come, first serve' basis with check-in date on October 24, 2021 and check-out on October 25, 2021. | Photo by Alessandro Bogliari on Unsplash
For one night only, guests can soak in the energy of a roaring stadium to enjoy the epic match on a life-sized screen while seated on comfortable sofas -- just like the luxury box seats at the stadium. They can also head to the locker room (dining room) next to the field (living room) to have some energy drinks, just like a cricketer would do or head to the bedroom, transformed into a net practice area. It's got the field, the pitch, the locker room, pitching nets and cricket memorabilia infused in every element of the room.
The booking window opens at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and will be booked on a 'first come, first serve' basis with check-in date on October 24, 2021, and check-out on October 25, 2021. The T20 Pavilion is priced at Rs 6666 only in honour of all the great sixes smashed at the T20 World Cup. The T20 Pavilion can accommodate up to four guests. Cricket fans can visit the website or mobile app to book this cricket-inspired stay. (IANS/ MBI)