Virabhadra is a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva. He became manifest after the self-immolation of his beloved, Sati. Sati self-immolated in anger and frustration at her father, Prajapati Daksh, insults both Sati and her beloved Shiva. Shiva leaves carries the smoldering body of his beloved out into the Universe and begins his Tandava dance leaving his manifestation of Virabhadra to handle the fallout from this chaotic event.
Virabhadra is a powerful warrior. He is revered as a hero and a major force in the destruction of illusion, ego, and ignorance.
This murti of Veerabhadra is a copper alloy lost wax casting. It has a bit of wear from ritual worship and a lustrous dark patina. This piece offers a detailed classic design, rich with details of jewelry, clothing, and weaponry. Virabhadra’s tribhanga posture shows him resting on platform sandals, holding in his four hands a bow, arrow, knife, and his forward left arm rests on his shield. At his navel is a red jewel, likely to be a ruby. Veerabhadra carries a necklace of skulls around his neck traditionally, and in this murti, he has a necklace of five heads.
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19th c. Some ritual wear on face, crown, and upper torso. No missing parts.
4 7/8" x 2 1/4" x 1 7/8"