Neelam had some input that complements my last post about the Hindu Trinity:
Hindus believe in One God. However, this God is so encompassing that the average person cannot rationally comprehend it. So our ancient spiritual masters clustered the many aspects of God into three humanlike representatives. This way, the average human being could relate to God. That is why the Holy Trimurthy, of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, was created.
Nowhere in the Scriptures does it say that woman is inferior to men. So in order to illustrate this, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, were given female consorts, without whom they are rendered incomplete. Thus emerged Saraswati (with Brahma), Lakshmi (with Vishnu), and Parvati (with Shiva).