In Hindu Mythology, Ardhanariswara, also known as Umamaheshwara, is one of the principal forms of Lord Shiva
. This deity is the manifested male-female figure of the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Parvati
and signifies the inseparability of male and female aspects. In this manifested form, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are regarded as the parents of the universe. Lord Shiva realizes his anthropomorphic features in this complete form.