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Holy Cow

Posted in In Search of Lost Time with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2012 by designldg

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“I knew the profanity used up and down my street would not go over the air…
So I trained myself to say ‘Holy Cow’ instead.”
(Harry Caray – American baseball broadcaster, 1914-1998)

This picture was shot along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Nandi, the gate keeper of Shiva, is facing the main shrine of a temple where a cow was also standing…

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The Holy Cow

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2012 by designldg

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“Worship to thee, springing to life, and worship to thee when born!
Worship, O Cow, to thy tail-hair, and to thy hooves, and to thy form!
The man who knows the Seven Floods, who knows the seven distances,

Who knows the head of sacrifice, he may receive the holy Cow.”
(From Hymn X:10 of the Atharva Veda)
Those men came at sunrise along the Ganges in order to worship Nandi at Gay ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
In Hindi “gay” means “cow”.
Nandi is the bull associated with Shiva and is said to be His vehicle, it symbolizes both power and ignorance.
Lord Shiva’s use of the bull as a vehicle conveys the idea that He removes ignorance and bestows power of wisdom on His devotees.
The bull is called Vrisha in Sanskrit which means dharma (righteousness), thus Nandi shown next to Shiva also indicates that He is the etemal companion of righteousness.

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A Request to Nandi

Posted in Hinduism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by designldg

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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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