Nandi (Bull) is an important icon in Hindu religion. You will find Nandi statue in every Shiva Temple as he is the vehicle or mount of Lord Shiva. Hence, he is one of the important mythological figures in Hinduism. India is full of architectural wonders and Nandi statues are a part of this huge artistic stream. The life-like sculptures of Nandi can be seen in various places in our country. Among them, the figurine of Nandi in Chamundi Hills has an interesting historical past.
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Recently, Mahabhishekha (holy shower) was offered for this Nandi statue in Chamundi Hills. This is one of the popular religious events which has been followed from some years. Mahabhishekha is performed in order to restore the holiness of the place.
History of Nandi Statue in Chamundi Hills
The Nandi sculpture is one of the major tourist attractions of Chamundi Hills in Mysore. The Nandi was constructed during the time of Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar (1659 - 1673), the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore. This beautiful icon of Nandi is situated half-way up to the summit of Chamundi Hills. The bull sits on a higher platform and is an active temple where the priest performs religious rituals on a daily basis. Interestingly, it is also one of the largest Nandi statues in India.
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Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar also commissioned to build 1000 stairs leading to Chamundi Hills. Visitors can also trek to reach the summit of the hills or take any local transport. Chamundi Hills is known for the Chamundeshwari Temple in Mysore. It is a strong belief that the Goddess is the protector of the city of Mysore. Sri Chamundeshwari Temple is also one of the prominent religious places in Mysore.
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How to Reach Nandi Statue in Chamundi Hills
Chamundi Hills is one of the top tourist places in Mysore. It is well-connected by road and several local transports travel on a regular basis. You can either take buses or auto-rickshaws to reach Chamundi Hills. The Nandi Statue is half-way up to the hill, a slight deviation from the 'View Point' Junction will take you to this Nandi Statue. If you are travelling by bus, then trekking is the only way to reach this statue.
Note: It is better to visit this site during morning hours as it is not safe after dark. The place is secluded and you have to walk some distance to catch any local transport.
So, don't miss out on exploring this beautiful Nandi statue when you visit Chamundi Hills.