Nandi, the sacred bull of Shiva
The damaged statue shown in the image is that of a bull known as Nandi, Shiva’s vahana (mount) and the gatekeeper. This statue is in front of the eastern gopura built into the inner enclosure wall of the Banteay Srei Temple, about 16 miles northeast of Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The gopura depicts Shiva’s cosmic dance (Shiva Tandava Nritya).
The following are the images of two magnificently carved statues of Nandi on the courtyard of the Halebidu Hoysaleswara Temple in Karnataka, India.
North Nandi Images
– Nandi Shrine (North)
– Front view of Nandi
– Right side view of Nandi
– Exquisitely carved Hooves and tail
Related Images from Banteay Srei Temple
– Eastern gopura and Entrance to the Inner Enclosure of the Banteay Srei Temple
– Shiva Tandava Nritya
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