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In order to relate to the physical world, the Hindu gods must give forth the power of manifestation that is called śakti (see śakti), which usually takes the mythological form of Śiva's (see Śiva) wife or “great śakti (mahāśakti)”. This form, in turn, can take many manifestations such as Kālī or Mahākālī (see Kālī) or Pārvatī (see Pārvatī). As mahā means great, Viṣṇu's wife can be called MahāLakṣmī (see Lakṣmī) and Brahmā's wife Mahāsarasvatī (see Sarasvatī). Mahāśakti is also a term used to refer to the totality of the divine mother, the śakti of the Absolute, Brahman (see Brahman).

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