Travelling in India is really rather special.
My first visit was my worst holiday given that it brought down upon me the misery of Dysentery and it took me 24 years to summon the courage to return but I am so glad I did.
I’m a bit of a templeaholic. Egypt, my spiritual home, has an abundance of them. Thankfully so does India and one aspect of Indian temples I find particularly interesting is the Nandi Bull.
Nandi is the vahana or mount of the God Shiva. As with most Indian mythology the stories associated with Nandi are often complex but, essentially, Nandi was the son of the sage Shilada who underwent severe penance to be granted a boon, an immortal son dedicated to Shiva who was born wearing diamond encrusted armour. Nandi himself underwent penance before becoming both Shiva’s gate keeper and his mount.
And I think he’s rather cool.
Each temple depicts him slightly differently although the basic pose, lying down, seems universal.
So here’s a few different images from India.
So, as you can see, there are many different depictions of the Nandi but I really like them. They’re individual, unique yet to my eyes combine both strength and grace in their carving.
Nandi. That’s a lot of bull!