An aspect of goddess Pārvatī, Ambikā is described as being seated on a lion. She has three eyes and is adorned with various ornaments. Out of her four hands, three hold darpaṇa (mirror), khaḍga (sword) and kheṭaka (shield). The fourth (one of the right hands) exhibits the varadamudrā (boon-giving pose).

In the Mahābhārata, Ambikā was the wife of Vicitravīrya and mother of the blind king Dhṛtarāṣṭra. Ambālikā, her sister, was another wife who became the mother of Pāṇḍu.