Lord Veerabhadra is said to be a creation of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the personification of Lord Shiva’s power is none other than Veerabhadra. Even Lord Vishnu is not the match for Veerabhadra in the war field. Such is the power of Lord Shiva, according to the epics.
In the same way, when Lord Vishnu is in the form of Lord Narasimha, Lord Shiva feared to come in front of him. It implies that the Ferocious forms of two equal Powers are matchless, as evident in the Epics. Veerabhadra’s existence is featured in the Dakshayagnam, the event planned by Daksha to insult Lord Shiva.
Dakshayani is the incarnation of Goddess Shakti, desiring to marry Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva had created Veerabhadra, to destroy Daksha and his army, when Dakshayani, had tried to stop his father Dakhsa from performing Dakshayagnam. Ferocious Daksha ignored Dakshayani and continued performing the Yaga to insult and abuse Lord Shiva.
Being intolerant by this, Goddess Parvati left the form of Dakshayani by entering into the sacred fire of Yaga, thus becoming ashes. Lord Shiva then sent Veerabhadra to destroy each and every one coming on the way to demolish Daksha. Following Lord Shiva’s rules, Veerabhadra has finally cut down Daksha’s head. Nobody had a control over Veerabhadra and everyone was terrified by his anger and violence.
Lord Vishnu and all the other Gods pleaded Lord Shiva to withdraw his extraordinary power, which is in the form of Veerabhadra. Lord Shiva then calmed down and granted peace. He returned Daksha to his life and married Goddess Shakti later in the other form, Parvati.