It is interesting to note that unlike the Vedic people who regarded the cow as sacred animal, the followers of Shiva venerate the bull! It is because Nandi, the Bull, is Shiva’s vehicle. Nandi is invariably found sitting right infront of the sanctum sanctorum in every Shiva temple facing the image and looking at him all the time. In fact no one is supposed to see the chief deity in a Shiva temple without paying homage first to the seated Nandi and looking at Shiva from afar through the space between the ears and the top of his head. There are some temples in India which are exclusively built for him like the famous Nandishwara temple in Karnataka. Nandishwara in his anthromorphic form appears just like Shiva, with three eyes and four hands of which two are permanently dedicated to the veneration of Shiva while the other two carry his weapons. Symbolically Nandi represents the animal or the tamasic qualities in man which Shiva rides and transforms with his energies. Nandishwara is humility personified. He is very knowledgeable also. Nandi taught Hanuman ji the secrets of Vedas and lessons in humility! Nandi is well versed in all scriptural knowledge and spiritual knowledge and imparted knowledge of devotion to Hanuman ji. Nandi got the divine knowledge of Agamic and Tantric wisdom taught by Lord Shiva from goddess Parvati. He could teach that divine knowledge to his Eight disciples who are identified as the progenitors of Nandinatha Sampradaya - Sanaka, Sanatana, Sanandana, Sanatkumara, Tirumular, Vyagrapada, Patanjali and Sivayoga Muni. These eight disciples are directed to eight directions of the world by Nandinatha to spread the wisdom he taught them. It is a tradition in many parts of rural India to let a Bull roam free in each village as a mark of respect to Nandi and to inseminate the cows in the village. There are so many puranic tales available about nandi. One describes his conflict with Ravana, the anti-hero of Ramayana, and who cursed Ravana that his kingdom would be burnt by a monkey (Vanara). And later Hanuman ji burnt Lanka when he went in search of Maa Sita, who was kept prisoner by Ravana in Ashok Vatika. !
🕉🔱📿Jai Shiva Shankar Bhagwan Ki !🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🕉🔱📿Jai Nandi Ki !🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
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