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How Goddess Parvati Got the Name Aparna

Aparna is one among the numerous names of Goddess Parvati. Aparna means without leaf or the leafless one. How Goddess Parvati got the name Aparna is found in the Puranas associated with Lord Shiva.

Sati took rebirth as Parvati and was born as the daughter of Himavan, the king of mountains, and his wife Meena. The main purpose of the rebirth of Sati was to bring back Lord Shiva into the life of a householder.

After the death of Sati at the 'yagna' conducted by Daksha, Shiva, after his initial intense outburst, isolated himself from the rest of the world and the led a reclusive life in Kailash. This tilted the balance of the world in favor of the Asuras (Demons) and the Devas had no choice but to find a way to bring back Shiva. The result of this was the birth of Parvati.

Parvati from a young age was determined to marry Shiva and she soon reached the cave in which Shiva was residing. But Shiva showed no interest in her. In fact, he behaved as if he was unaware of the presence …