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Title: Vīrabhadra e il sacrificio di Dakṣa: studio iconologico e iconografico di una manifestazione terrifica di Rudra-Śiva
Authors: Ramasso, Claudia
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: Vīrabhadra was created by Lord Śiva for destroying the yajña, the sacrifical rites, of Dakṣa, Śiva's own father-in-law. Dakṣa was Brahmā's son who, by a hundred year along penance, had sought Devī's blessings to be born as his daughter. Devī was born by the name of Satī to his wife Asiknī as their daughter. Dakṣa organized a great yajña and did not invite Śiva and Satī to it. Śiva dissuaded Satī from attending the yajña but Satī went. She was not only an unwelcome guest but was so slighted by by her own father that she jumped into sacrifical and commited suicide. Śiva loved Satī madly. When he heard to her death, he was made with fury and grief. His matted hair waved in air and struck the earth and frim it emerged Vīrabhadra and Bhadrakalī. He commanded them to destroy the yajña of Dakṣa. The study analyses the mith of the sacrifical rites of Dakṣa and the shape and the diferent typologies of Vīrabhadra like appear in various plastic representations in South India.
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