5 September 2006


Shiva Temples always have some kind of statue (vigraha) of Nandi, the bull; Shiva's vahana (or vehicle). Vah in Sanskrit, means to transport and in Hindu symbolism, the Vahana is also the symbol of the deity. Nandi, the bull, represents strength and virility and also means 'joyful' (from the Sanskrit root, 'Nanda').

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