The Ardhanarishvara dual-aspect of Mahadev & Mata JI.
Now, ‘Ardhanarishvara’, directly translated, means ‘Half [Ardha] Woman [Nari] Sovereign [Ishvara]’.
And while I can see why misunderstandings have lead to this particular shared form of the Divine Couple being co-opted, appropriated, and flagrantly misrepresented in the modern day by an array of people and clickbait-publishers looking to push a particular agenda …
… the reality is that this is NOT an manifestation of the of ‘transsexual’ or ‘intersex’ identity.
But rather, something quite the opposite – namely, a married union so perfect in its coteriminity that husband and wife [interestingly, also translations of “Nara” and “Nari” respectively] are, effectively, as One.
This also has implications per the ’emanation’ principle enunciated around the concept of ‘Hiranyagarbha’ – whereby one of the initial ‘divisions’ of the foremost/’forerunner’ manifestations of the hypostasis of Brahman [‘The Absolute’ – *not* to be confused with “Brahma”] , is into the two portions cognate with Lord Shiva and Lady Parvati [I am simplifying, particularly in terms of accurate theonymics, for a foreign and non-specialist audience].
The *re-unification* of the Two back into One, therefore, is in symbolic terms, a ‘making whole of the world’ [as can be seen , in particular, in and around the Chandraghanta-to-Kushmanda portion of the NavaDurga mythic cycle – for greater detail upon, consult my Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, and other, subsequent commentaries available over at Arya Akasha]; and is a ‘re-ascension’ *back to* the fundamental unity implied in Adi Para Shakti .
A glorious transcension of the imperfections inherent in the Maya-loka; and the overcoming of “intersubjectivity” , via the force of love. [at some point, I should get around to writing up how this latter point also occurs, in somewhat modified form, in the recent Western film, Interstellar; and other suppositions on gravity, quantum entanglement, and the like, that may yet be of further relevancy. But that is another story, for another time.]
‘Unity-In-Power’. What a concept.
ॐ नमः शिवाय
जय माता दी