In Hinduism, especially Shaktism (a theological tradition of Hinduism), Shakti (Devanagari: शक्ति, IAST: Śakti; lit

“Energy, ability, strength, effort, power, capability”) is the primordial cosmic energy, and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the universe

This energy is thought of as creative, sustaining, as well as destructive, and is sometimes referred to as auspicious source energy

Shakti is sometimes personified as the Creatrix, and is known as “Adi Shakti” or “Adi Para Shakti” (i.e, Primordial Inconceivable Energy)

In Shaktism, Adi Parashakti is worshipped as the Supreme Being/God

On every plane of creation, energy manifests itself into all forms of matter; these are all thought to be infinite forms of Para Shakti

However, the true form of Para Shakti is unknown, and beyond human understanding

She is described as Anaadi (with no beginning, no ending) and Nitya (forever)