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Idol of Virabhadra and Daksha Prajapati with Goat Head at Mogili Shiva Temple

Virabhadra is one of the Shiva Ganas. Idol or murti of Virabhadra worshipped at Mogili Shiva Temple is seen along with Daksha Prajapati with goat head. Mogili Shiva Temple is ancient temple dedicated to Shiva and is located around 22 km from Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh.

Virabhadra originated from a single strand of hair that was thrown on to earth by Lord Shiva on hearing the death through self-immolationby Goddess Sati.

A fierce Virabhadra entered the arena where Daksha was performing the yajna. He destroyed everything and cut off the head of Daksha.

Later Shiva replaced the head of Daksha with that of a goat.

At Mogili Shiva Temple, the murti of Virabhadra is made of stone. It is located on the western wing of the main shrine. He is seen holding arrow in the upper right hand, bow in the upper left, sword in the lower right and shield in the lower left hand.

Daksha, with goat’s head stands to the bottom right with hands clasped in ‘anjali’ pose.