A Request to Nandi
Lord Shiva said, “Nandi has surrendered into me so completely that he has all my powers and my protection”…
I took this picture one evening at dusk near Manikarnika ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Nandi means “The joyful” in Sanskrit.
This white bull with a black tail is the vâhana of Lord Shiva and is the symbol of the powerful instinctive force tamed by Him.
Nandi is the perfect devotee, the soul of man, kneeling humbly before Lord Shiva, ever concentrated on Him.
The ideal and goal of the Shiva bhakta (devotee) is to behold Shiva in everything.
Statues of Nandi are standing at the entrance of the temples dedicated to the Lord of the oldest living city in the world also called Nandishvara (The Lord of Nandi).
Devotees bring floral offerings and touch the stone, usually their prayers are for fertility.
It is also considered a custom among some to whisper the fact of their visit, to that shrine, while requesting the faithful attendant to inform his master of the same.
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