~Ardhanarishvara~

Ardhanarishvara is the name of a half male, half female Hindu deity who is a combination of Shiva and his consort, Parvati. The name comes from the Sanskrit, ardha, meaning “half”; nari, meaning “woman”; and ishvara, which means “lord” or “personal god.” The name is typically translated as “lord who is half woman.”

This deity symbolizes both the nature of the supreme deity (Ultimate Reality) as lacking gender, and the unity of male and female in the creation of the universe.

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