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In Hinduism, Parvati (alt. spelling: Parvatti) is a goddess of mountains and an alternate form of Shakti. She is married to Shiva. Shiva and Parvati are the parents of Karttikeya and Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom. He acquired his head due to the actions of Shiva, who decapitated him because Ganesha refused to allow him to enter the bath while Parvati was bathing. Shiva had to give him the new head to placate his wife. In another version, Parvati showed the child off to Shiva, whose face burned his head to ashes, which Brahma told Shiva to replace with the first head he came across - and that just happened to be that of an elephant.

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