Virabadhra Plate


13 x 21 cm


Karnataka, India


Virabadhra Plate


19th century


Very good


Virabhadra came into being after Daksha insulted Shiva’s wife who subsequently comitted suicide and Shiva created him as a form of himself and gave him an army to take revenge from Daksha. Virabhadra cut off Daksha’s head in a battle. The other gods persuaded Shiva to bring Daksha back to life. But Daksha’s head could not be found and so it was substituted with the head of a ram, as can be seen in this plate

He is shown four-armed with a spear, a bow, a sword and a shield

Dakhsa, his human head replaced with a ram’s head, is on his left, Badhrakali, his consort, on the right.





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