Nandi is the chief attendant and mount of Lord Shiva. He is also the doorkeeper of Kailasha, the
abode of Shiva. Often depicted in the form of a bull, the association of Nandi with Shiva is
traced back to the most ancient of texts. Most Shiva temples have a Nandi statue seated at the
entrance facing the shrine. He is a guardian deity, the protector of the temple. The symbolisation
that Nandi carries is very deep and profound. He symbolises a dying thirst to meet his lord, yet
eternal patience to wait, a much-needed quality for the spiritual seekers.
That is why Nandi is a very important figure among the people who worship Shiva. His sheer
elegance and innocent devotion for his lord melts the heart of his devotees. Nandi is an ideal
devotee, who carries every quality required of a person on the path of devotion. Whenever
Nandi is depicted in the form of a human, he is always shown with folded hands and bowed
head in great devotion and obedience towards Shiva.
This beautifully crafted Nandi sculpture portrays him in his ever blessing bull form. He is
reclining on a slightly raised platform while his eyes are set on the nothingness of the beyond.
The craft on his body is very delicate and the colours are serene. He is adorned with bells on his
neck and minimal exquisite pieces of jewellery. Overall, this is a very beautiful piece of art that
conveys the highest of Gunas (qualities) a being can acquire.
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