Author: Anant Pai, Kamala Chandrakant
Parvati was born a maiden of the mountain. The mighty god Shiva was practicing meditation in the dense forest. Desiring to win over Shiva, Parvati went to serve him. But Shiva paid no attention to her. At this time, the gods were being tortured by an invincible demon, so the prayed to the supreme god for a saviour. He assured them that the son of Shiva and Parvati would be the one. So the gods sent Kama, the god of love, to lead Shiva into marrying Parvati. But when the god of love worked his charm, Shiva was disturbed and turned him to ashes. Parvati redoubled her efforts at penance. One day a young hermit approached her, berating her for wasting efforts on the uncouth Shiva. Parvati refuted the hermit's challenge and was pleasantly surprised to find the hermit to be Shiva in disguise. She asked him to approach the elders. That done, Shiva and Parvati were married.