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As Parvati (“Daughter of the Mountain”), daughter of the god Himalaya, she is the beneficent, gentle mother and wife. Her union with Shiva is a prototype of the ideal marriage. A beautiful, gracious woman, she is often depicted with Shiva in domestic scenes or seated beside him in discourse. Shiva and Parvati are sometimes portrayed with their son Skandha. Skandha is also known as Karttikeya, the god of war, and is identified in one Upanishad with the sage-god whom we call Sanat Kumara.