Devi Adi Parashakti
Devi Adi Parashakti is a mythological television serial which airs on Dangal TV. Rati Pandey plays the titular role of Devi Adi Parashakti and her incarnations Goddess Sati and Goddess Parvati. Tarun Khanna plays the role of Devi's husband, Lord Shiva and Kanan Malhotra stars as Lord Vishnu, Devi's brother. The show also features Sonia Singh as Goddess Diti, the main antagonist. The first episode aired on 10 February 2020. It is created by Siddharth Kumar Tewary, directed by Loknath Pandey and Manish Singh and produced by Swastik Productions. The show is loosely based on the Shiva Purana, the Devi-Bhagavata Purana, the Markandeya Purana and pan-Indian folktales of the Goddess.
|Devi Aadi Parashakti|
|Also known as||Devi|
|Created by||Siddharth Kumar Tewary|
|Based on||Devi Mahatmya|
|Developed by||Siddharth Kumar Tewary|
|Screenplay by||Megha Jadhav|
|Story by||Utkarsh Naithani|
|Directed by||Loknath Pandey|
|Creative director||Amol Arvind Surve|
|Starring||Rati Pandey |
|Narrated by||Saurabh Raj Jain|
|Opening theme||Om Namo Devi|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||92|
|Production locations||Umargam, Gujarat|
|Editor||Tarun Sunil Babbar|
|Running time||22–25 minutes|
|Production company||Swastik Productions|
|Distributor||One Life Studios|
|Original network||Dangal TV|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||10 February –|
26 December 2020
The show portrays the Leelas of the Hindu goddess Adi Parashakti, the wife of Lord Shiva and (sister of Lord Vishnu in her avatars as Goddesses Sati and later Parvati). The story begins with Shiva's questions on The Self and how he discovers that it was the Supreme Goddess Adi Parashakti who created him, Vishnu, and Brahma.
She reveals herself after Shiva destroys Brahma's arrogance; and imparts true wisdom of who She is to the Tridevas. She then assumes three different forms: Saraswati - who weds Brahma, Lakshmi - who weds Vishnu and Shakti - who becomes Shiva's beloved and resides with them in their respective abodes.
The show then solely focuses on Shakti's journey from Kailasha to Earth as Sati, the daughter of Daksha, who, prompted by his daughter Diti, separates Shiva and Shakti. After Sati discovers Shiva, who Daksha disapproves of and abhors, she falls in love with him. He gives up Sati and she moves to Kailasha where she marries Shiva. In an attempt to humiliate Shiva and Sati, Daksha performs a Yagya inviting the residents of all the realms, with the sole exceptions being the residents of Kailasha. Sati, however, goes to the Yagya, is humiliated, and immolates herself in the presence of all those gathered. Angry, Shiva and Shakti kill Daksha, thus avenging Sati by assuming the terrible forms of Veerabhadra and Bhadrakali. Later on, Daksha is resurrected, Sati's body is cut up into fifty-two pieces - which becomes Shakti Peethas, and a sorrowful Shiva self-isolates in the caves of the Himalayas.
In due course of time, an Asura named Tarakasura, a son of Diti, obtains a boon from Brahma that he would only be killed by an offspring of Shiva. Thinking of himself as immortal in light of Shiva becoming a hermit after Sati's death, he displaces the Devas, the mortal enemies of the Asuras. At the behest of Vishnu, the Devi takes birth once again as Parvati, the daughter of the Himalayas. She too, just like in her previous life as Sati, falls in love with Shiva. She finds him in the caves of her father's kingdom and sits at his feet, meditating upon him. In a rush to awaken Shiva so that he would fall in love with Devi again and have a son who could kill Tarakasura, the Devas deploy Kama, the God of Love, who is burnt to ashes by Shiva for disturbing his trance.
Shiva, although aware of Parvati's devotion and love towards him, behave indifferently to her. When she tries to speak to him, he informs her that only after she passed some of his tests would she obtain the desire of her heart. Parvati takes him on his challenge, and Shiva puts her through various trials, in Kashi and in Kailasha, all of which she passes, impressing Shiva, who agrees to marry her.
- Rati Pandey as Goddess Adi Parashakti, Goddess Shakti, Goddess Sati, Goddess Parvati (wife of Shiva and sister of Vishnu), Goddess Bhadrakali, Goddess Durga , Goddess Mahakali and Goddess Lalita Tripura Sundari.
- Tarun Khanna as Lord Mahadev, husband of Adi Parashakti, Parvati/Sati, Jagannath, all world's father, destroyer of the universe, and as hermit who tests Parvati's faith.
- Kanan Malhotra as Lord Vishnu (husband of Lakshmi and brother of Parvati/Sati), the preserver of the universe, and in a few disguises as humans who appear to prompt Sati and Parvati in the right direction towards Shiva.
- Sonia Singh as Goddess Diti, a wife of sage Kashyapa, and the mother of the Asuras.
- Richa Dixit as Goddess Lakshmi, wife of Vishnu, the goddess of wealth and auspiciousness, and disguised as an old woman who appears to test Parvati's attachment to materialism.
- Deepak Dutta as Lord Brahma, husband of Saraswati, the creator of the universe, and in disguise as a human companion of Vishnu.
- Nisha Nagpal/Sangeeta Odwani as Saraswati, (wife of Brahma , goddess of knowledge, arts, music, speech, wisdom and adroitness.
- Deepali Saini as Menavati, the goddess of snow, and the mother of Parvati.
- Yogesh Mahajan as Himavan, the king of the mountains, and the father of Parvati.
- Raja Kapse as Sage Markandeya, Parvati's guru and inspiration.
- Krish Chauhan as Lord Kartikeya, Shiva-Parvati 's son, brother of Ganesh, born to kill Tarakasura.
- Vinit Kakar as Raktabija,an Asura defeated by goddess Mahakali.
- Vinit kakar as Daruk.
- Shalini Vishnudev as Aditi, the wife of sage Kashyapa and the mother of the Devas.
- Raj Premi as Prajapati Daksha, the son of Brahma and father of Sati.
- Heer Malik as Prasuti, Daksha's wife and mother of Sati, Aditi, and Diti.
- Kunal Bakshi as Indra, the king of the Devas, and a role in human disguise.
- Ajay Mishra as Narada, the ever-travelling sage.
- Himanshu Bamzai as Mahishasura, the buffallo demon.
- Nimai Bali as Shukracharya, the preceptor of the Asuras.
- Saif Ullah Rahmani as Tarkasura, the demon who was killed by Kartikeya.
- Rohhit Parshuram as Bandasura, the Asura defeated by Devi Kaushiki.
- Kanishka Soni as Devi Ganga, the river goddess and daughter of Brahma.
- Naman Rupa Mukuil as Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva.
- Poonam Rao as Revati, the wife of Chandra.
- Danika Singh as Bahurupa, a shapeshifting demon.
- Aleya Ghosh as Bhudevi, the Mother Earth and goddess of a land element.
- Sandeep Arora as Kaamdev , the God of love.
- Harsha Khandeparkar as Devi Rati, wife of Kaamdev and daughter of daksha
- Ujjwal Sharma as Varun Dev, the god of water element.
- Sumit Tiwari as Vayu Dev, the god of the air element.
- Deepesh Gangawat as Agni Dev, the god of the fire element.
- Sanjay Sharma as Surya Dev, the supreme sun god.
- Unknown as Chandra Dev, the supreme moon god and son-in-law of Daksha.
- Unknown as Rohini, wife of Chandra Dev, daughter of Daksha, and sister of Revati and Sati.
- Sunil Bhargav as King Bhagirath, the king brought goddess Ganga to earth.
- Unknown as Sage Durvasa, the sage famous for his rage and curses.
- Saurabh Raj Jain as the Narrator
- Govind Sharma/ Raju Makwana as Shiv Gan, the devotees of Shiva
- This serial is dubbed in Malayalam as Aadiparasakthi aired on SuryaTV from 17 August 2020 to 1 January 2021.
- This serial is also dubbed into Tamil as Devi Aadiparashakti in Sun TV from 27 July 2020 to 13 February 2021.
- This serial is also dubbed into Telugu as Devi Aadhi Parasakthi airs on GeminiTV from 14 September 2020 to 23 January 2021.
- This serial is also dubbed into Kannada as Devi Aadi Paraashakthi airs on UdayaTV from 21 September 2020 to 9 January 2021.
The show was originally planned to be called Devi but later it was changed to Devi Aadi Parashakti. It is still referred to in short as Devi.
The show casts actors who have already been famous for their mythological characters. Tarun Khanna who played Shiva in Swastik's RadhaKrishn and Karmaphal Daata Shani reprises his role in the show. Kanan Malhotra who played the role of Vishnu in Swastik's Mahakali — Anth Hi Aarambh Hai also reprises his role. Kunal Bakshi who played the role of Indra in Swastik's Karmphal Daata Shani, also replays his role. The makers have recast actors who have already been associated with Swastik Productions such as Rati Pandey, Nimai Bali and Saurabh Raj Jain (as narrator).
The show aired on Dangal TV on 10 February 2020, but the telecast was stopped in the last week of March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show made a return on 9 November 2020.
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