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Dākshāyani (Devanagari: दाक्षायणी) or Satī (सती) is a Hindu Goddess of marital felicity and longevity. She is worshipped particularly by Hindu women to seek the long life of their husbands. An aspect of Devi, Dākshāyani is the first consort of Shiva, the second being Pārvatī, the reincarnation of Dākshāyani herself.

In Hindu legend, both Dākshāyani and Pārvatī successively plays the role of bringing Shiva away from ascetic isolation into creative participation in the world.Kinsley, David (1987, reprint 2005). Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 81-208-0394-9, p.38 The act of Sati, in which a Hindu widow immolates herself on her husband's funeral pyre as a final and consummate act of loyalty and devotion, is patterned after the deed committed by this Goddess to uphold the honour of her husband.Kinsley, David (1987, reprint 2005). Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 81-208-0394-9, p.35

Dākshāyani is also known as Satī, Gaurī, Umā, Aparnā, Sivakāmini and by over a thousand other names; a listing is to be found in the Lalithā Sahasranāmam

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The Goddess Umā, a personification of the divine Omkara and embodiment of Prakrti (understood as Nature or creativity), took human birth at the bidding of Brahmā. Umā was born as a...
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