Nandi, the Sacred Bull of Shiva
A large-sized statue of Nandi is a common sight in the courtyard of Shiva temples. Because the Halebidu Holysaleswara Temple has two garbhagrihas (south and north), there are two stone mantapas (pavilions) built next to each other on the east side of the temple courtyard. The Nandi statue shown in the image is housed in the stone mantapa in front of the south garbhagriha.
Carved out of a single rock, this magnificent statue of Nandi is a superb work of art with great attention to detail. As you can see, adorned with finely crafted jewelry all over his body, Nandi is leisurely resting with a serene expression on his face and appears to keep a constant watch on Shiva. Nandi’s body is well-proportioned and perfectly curved, including a small curved hump on its back.
North Nandi shrine Images
– North Nandi Shine
– Right side view of Nandi
– Left side view of Nandi
– Exquisitely carved hooves and tail
South Nandi Shrine Images
– Nandi and Surya Shrine
– Surya Shrine – Outer wall
– Nandi Statue – Front view
– Nandi Statue – Left side view
– Surya, the Sun God
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