Who is Veerbhadra to Lord Shiva
How did Lord Shiva create Veerbhadra and Mahakali?
The birth of Virabhadra is in Chapter 32 Rudra Samhita Sati Khanda described by Shiva Mahapurana . The same legend is found in other Puranas as well.
When Sati burned himself in yajna fire, Shiva Ganas and the divine sage Narada informed Lord Shiva of everything that was happening in yajna. Shiva then tossed a lock of his Jata / Hair and Veerabhadra with Bhadrakali were born.
उत्पाटयौकां जटां रुद्री लोकसंहारकारक:।
अास्फालयामास रुषा पर्वतस्य तदोपरि।।२० ।।
Then Rudra, the destroyer of the universe, took a strand of hair from his head and tossed it over the mountain.
तोदनाच द्विधा भूता सा जटा च मुने! प्रभो!।
सम्बभूव महारावो महाप्रलयभीषणः।।२१ ।।
O Master, as the strand of hair was tossed it was divided into two parts and the deafening sound similar to the sound of the time of dissolution could be heard.
तञ्जटायाः समुद्भूतो वीरभद्री महाबल:।
पूर्वभागेन देवर्षे महाभीमो गणाग्रणीः ॥२२ ।।
O divine sage, from the front part of the matted strand of hair was born the incredibly great and great warrior who was the leader of his power, known as Virabhadra.
स भूमिं विश्वतो वृत्य चात्यतिष्ठद्दशाङ्गुलम्।
प्रलयानलसङ्काशः प्रोन्नतो दोः सहस्रवाम्।।२३ ।।
He looked like the flames of the fire of the time of dissolution and had two thousand hands. It enveloped the world all around and towered over it four inches.
कोपनिःश्वासतस्तत्र महारुद्रस्य चेशितुः।
जातं ज्वराणां शतक सन्निपातास्त्रयोदश ।२४ ।।
At that time, with Shiva's angry breathing, a hundred kinds of fevers and thirteen kinds of spiritual humor came out.
महाकाली समुत्पन्ना तञ्जटापरभागत:।
महाभयङ्करा तात! भूतकोटिभिरावृता।।२५॥
From the other part of the matted strand of hair, Mahakali was born . Oh my dear, she was terrible to look at and surrounded by goblins.
Then Lord Shiva orders Virabhadra and Bhadrakali to destroy Yajna.
इत्युक्तं तद्वचः श्रुत्वा सन्तुष्टो मङ्गलापतिः।
वीरभद्र! जयेति त्वं प्रोक्ताशीः प्राह तं पुनः।।४५ ।।
Brahma said: “When Lord Siva, the husband of Sati, heard the words of Virabhadra, he was delighted and said, 'Oh Virabhadra, victorious. '
शृणु मद्वचनं तात! वीरभद्र! सुचेतसा।
करणीयं प्रयतेन तद्द्भुतं मे प्रतोषकम्।।४६।
You listen to whatever has to be done by you that would please me.
यागं कर्तुं समुद्युक्तो दक्षो विधिसुतः खलः ।।
मद्विरोधी विशेषेण महागर्वोऽबुधोऽधुना।।४७ ।।
Daksa Prajapati, the son of Brahma, is currently preparing for a yajna. He's my opponent, besides being an evil, unwise, and cocky person.
तन्मर्ख भस्मसात्कृत्वा सयागपरिवारकम्।
पुनरायाहि मत्स्थानं सत्वरं गणसत्तम! ।। ४८ ।।
They reduce his yajna and those there to ashes. After that, oh VĨrabhadra, the best of my ganas, you quickly return to me.
सुरा भवन्तु गन्धर्वा यक्षा वान्ये च केचना तानप्यद्यैव सहसा भस्मसात्कुरु सत्वरम् ॥४ ॥४ ।।
तत्रास्तु विष्णुर्ब्रह्मा वा शचीशो वा यमोऽपि यमोऽपि। अपि चाद्यैव तान्सर्वान्पातयस्व प्रयत्नतः ।।५० ।।
सुरा भवन्तु गन्धर्वा यक्षा वान्ये च केचना तानप्यद्यैव सहसा भस्मसात्कुरु सत्वरम्।।५१ ।।
The gods Gandharvas, Yaksas and others present there should be put in ashes. Even when Visnu, Brahma, Indra or Yama are present there, they fell to the ground and made all the strenuous efforts.
In Chapter 33 various goddesses are mentioned in the company of Mahakali.
तुष्टुवुश्च गणा वीरं शिपिविष्टे प्रचेष्टितम्।
चक्रुः कुतूहलं सर्वे तस्मिश्च गमनोत्सवे।।१० ।।
With the same facial features and costumes as Shiva, the ganas of the great warrior, they offered prayers at the time of launch and showed their enthusiasm.
काली कात्यायनीशानी चामुण्डा मुण्डमर्दिनी।
भद्रकाली तथा भद्रा त्वरिता वैष्णवी तथा तथा ।।
ययौ दक्षविनाशाय सर्वभूतगणैः सह।।१२ ।।
The goddesses such as Kālī, Kātyāyanī, šānī, Cămundă, Mundamardinī, Bhadrakālī, Bhadrā, Tvaritā, Vaisņavī, Mahākālī, Bhairava and KSetrapalas quickly marched on the orders of Shiva to destroy the Yajnia.
डाकिनी शाकिनी चैव भूतप्रमथगुह्यका:।
कूष्माण्डाः पर्पटाश्चैव चटका ब्रह्मराक्षसाः।।१३ ।।
भैरवाः क्षेत्रपालाश्च दक्षयज्ञविनाशकाः।
निर्ययुस्त्वरितं वीराः शिवाज्ञाप्रतिपालकाः।।१४ ।।
In addition to the Dākinīs, Sakinis, Pramathaganas, Guhyakas, Kasmandas, Parpatas, Catakas, Brahmarāksas, Bhairvas and KSetrapalas began to obey Shiva's command to destroy Daksa's victims.
तथैव योगिनीचक्रं चतुःषष्टिगणान्वितम्।
निर्ययौ सहसा क्रुद्धं दक्षयज्ञं विनाशितुम्।।१५ ।।
Similarly, the sixty-four yoginis marched on to prevent the destruction of the Yogajna of Daksa.
In the next verses the total strength of the ganas assigned to each goddess is mentioned.
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