Virabhadra is the name of a powerful warrior in Hindu mythology. The name is derived from the Sanskrit vira, meaning “hero,” and bhadra, meaning “friend.” An incarnation of Lord Shiva, Virabhadra was created to destroy the yagna (fire sacrifice) of Dakshas, the son of Brahma. According to the legend, Dakshas opposed the marriage of Shiva to his daughter, Sati, and cut her off from the family. The story varies depending on the Hindu tradition, but Sati eventually killed herself. In his grief, Shiva created Virabhadra to exact revenge.