🕉 "Who is The Nandi" 🕉
The sacred #bull Nandi or Nandin is the #vehicle and gatekeeper of #Hindu deity #Lord #Shiva, the creator, which is why it is enshrined in the form of statue at Hindu Shiv temples. The revered Nandi is the reason why bulls are considered sacred vahanas or vehicles of Lord Shiva.
In the ancient Hindu treatise called the Saura Purana , Nandi the bull is described in all his splendor, with ornaments that glow with the fire of thousand suns, three eyes, and a trident held in his hand. He is four armed, much like a Second Shiva.
Who is Nandi the bull?
Nandi the bull is one of the most iconic and well-known characters in Hindu mythology . According to the Vayu Purana, Nandi was the son of Kashyapa and Surabhi. In Sanskrit, Nandi means “happy and joyous”.
This revered figure is depicted in various ways. The most common depiction of Nandi is a sitting bull with folded limbs . He is either black or white colored and wears a necklace with a bell. Most depictions portray him as transporting Lord Shiva, who is aloft his steed.
Other depictions of Nandi show him as half human, and half bull . He is adorned in ornate clothing and jewelry with flowers, a crown, and garlands. He holds a conch shell and a staff and deer while blessing the devotees.
Why is Nandi a bull?
Shilada took Nandi home and tutored him, raising him with great care, affection, and knowledge . By age 7, Nandi became well versed in all the sacred scriptures and holy texts. One day, the Lords Varuna and Mitra arrived to bless Shilada with a long life. When they did not appear pleased, Shilada asked for the reason and was told that Nandi would not have a long life, and would die aged 8.
A grief-stricken Shilada shared the news with a heavy heart when Nandi asked him what the matter was. Nandi could not bear to see his father's pain and started praying to Lord Shiva. The powerful god was pleased with his devotion, and he conferred the necklace with the bell on Nandi, transforming him into half man, half bull. He also honored the young Nandi with immortality, making him the vehicle and head of the Ganas. Shilada and Nandi then went to Lord Shiva's abode and dwell there for all eternity.