Nandi: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shiny

This post is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shiny

This photo shows a statue of Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva. This Nandi has been gazing at an idol of his master for more than a thousand years through the entrance of a temple in Pattadakal, India. Carved from a single piece of stone, this Nandi gleams because it has been caressed by humans for centuries.

 

Nandi at Sri Meenakshi

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Blue.

In 2013, we visited the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai in the South India state of Tamil Nadu. The Hindu goddess Parvati and god Shiva are known here as Meenakshi and Sundareswarar, respectively. Just outside Sri Meenakshi is a large statue of Nandi, the bull that is the vahana (vehicle) of Shiva. The body of the bull is white, symbolizing purity and justice. While I could not find the reason for the blue highlighting on Nandi’s body, I think that its source is the same poison drunk by Shiva, that also turned Shiva’s throat blue during the Churning of the Cosmic Ocean.

 

This photo was taken on March 11, 2103. Specs are:

Olympus TG-1, ISO 100, f/4, 1/1250 sec, 7.9 mm

(With apologies for any inaccuracies in describing the Hindu religion.)