Halebidu Hoysaleswara Temple: Nandi (north) – A view from the temple

A view of Nandi (north) from the Halebidu Hoysaleswara Temple, karnaka, India

Nandi (north) as seen from the from the temple

Nandi, the sacred bull of Shiva
The courtyard of the Halebidu Hoysaleswara Temple has two Nandi Shrines, each facing a garbhagriha (inner sanctum). The Nandi statue shown in the image is in front of the north garbhagriha (a.k.a. Hoysaleswara Garbhagriha) and housed in a stone mantapa (pavillion).

This view is captured from a spot inside the temple in front of the north garbhagriha. Nandi, the sacred bull of Shiva, is his vahana (mount) and the gatekeeper. Nandi’s statue in front of the garbhagriha symbolically represents Nandi’s constant watch on Shiva. As you can see, Nandi is leisurely resting and gazing at the garbhagriha.

Carved out of a single rock, this magnificent statue of Nandi is a superb work of art with great attention paid to detail. With a height of 8ft, a foot shorter than the Nandi (south), it is the 7th largest Nandi in India, but it is the most decorated.

North Nandi Images
Nandi Shrine (North)
Front view of Nandi
Right side view of Nandi
Exquisitely carved Hooves and tail

South Nandi images
Nandi and Surya Shrine
Surya Shrine – Outer wall
Nandi Statue – Front view
Nandi Statue – Left side view
Surya, the Sun God
A view from the temple

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