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Vīrabhadra, aka: Virabhadra; 5 Definition(s)


Vīrabhadra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Hinduism

Vāstuśāstra (architecture)

Vīrabhadra (वीरभद्र).—Though Vīrabhadra is known since the Purāṇic period, the cult of Vīrabhadra became popular only during the Vijayanagara period. Therefore Vīrabhadra is adopted into worship in later temples. Iconographically, Vīrabhadra is supposed to hold bow and arrow and khadga and kheṭaka. But in the example from Thiruchengodu temple, Vīrabhadra holds, in his upper right hand, an unidentified lump-like object.

Vīrabhadra, in his ferocious fighting, is killing Dakṣa lying on ground. He is trampling him with his right foot and has pierced his chest with his sword. The ornaments of the god are the jaṭāmukuta, fillet, necklace, udarabandha, keyūra, kaṅkaṇa, upavītamāla, etc. The high-soled sandals Vīrabhadra wears are a regular feature of all the Vīrabhadra sculptures.

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD

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Vāstuśāstra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vastu-shastra) refers to the knowledge of architecture. It is a branch of ancient Indian science dealing with topics such architecture, construction, sculpture and their relation with the cosmic universe.

Śāktism (Śākta philosophy)

Vīrabhadra (वीरभद्र):—One of the persons joining Śiva during the preparations of the war between Śankhacūḍa and the Devas, according to the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa (9.20.22-53). All persons attending were remained seated on beautiful aerial cars, built of jewels and gems. The war was initiated by Puṣpadanta (messenger of Śiva) who was ordered to restore the rights of the Devas. .

Source: Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam

about this context:

Śākta (शाक्त, shakta) or Śāktism (shaktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devī) is revered and worshipped. Śāka literature includes a range of scriptures, including various tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Vīrabhadra (वीरभद्र) is a terrific manifestation of Śiva. He was created from the matted locks of the Lord to destroy the sacrilegious sacrifice of Dakṣa. The Śrītattvanidhi presents this iconographical features under the heads Aghoramūrti and Vīrabhadra. The temples in the region around Śrīvilliputtūr accommodate a number of images in their sculptural-pillars and intere stingly many of these are in dancing mode.

Source: Shodhganga: Historical setting of the vaisnava divyaksetras in the southern pandya country

Vīrabhadra (वीरभद्र): Vīrabhadra was a demon that sprang from Shiva's lock of hair. Shiva burnt with anger when not invited in a sacrifice by Daksha and his wife Sati released the inward consuming fire and fell dead at Daksha's feet. Shiva burned with anger, and tore from his head a lock of hair, glowing with energy, and cast upon the earth. The terrible demon Vīrabhadra sprang from it. On the direction of Shiva, Virabhadra appeared with Shiva's ganas in the midst of Daksha's assembly like a storm wind and broke the sacrificial vessels, polluted the offerings, insulted the priests and finally cut off Daksha's head.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

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