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Nandi, the bull of Shiva

Nandi, the bull of Shiva

Figure of Nandi, the bull of Shiva, Deccan or South India, basalt, 1500 Ė 1700 Gallery 32: India from AD 600 A young bull, known as Nandi in the later periods, often accompanies images of Shiva, as the godís associated vehicle or animal (vahana) . Bull images of this kind are often positioned in front of a Shiva temple, facing towards the diety within the inner shrine.

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