The Nandi Bull at Mysore

On our drive down the Chamundeshwari Hills, we halted to see The Nandi… a towering statue of Nandi, The Bull, Lord Shiva’s vehicle… a must see sculpture.

This statue is one of the largest statues of Nandi in India. It is 16ft. tall and 24ft. long, cut out of a single granite stone in 1659. This colossal idol of Nandi is on the 800th step of the hill. The idol attracts millions of tourists every year.

(Do click on the pictures for a better view. I took pictures from different angles to present a better idea of the revered statue of The Bull.)

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36 Responses

  1. Pete says:

    Magnificient! Cut out from single granite stone.

  2. HOBO says:

    Too good.
    I always believe our elders were the best in their work & vision.

  3. MamaGeek says:

    Again, pure fascination! VERY neat Indrani.

  4. Alexandria says:

    Oh wow. That would definitely be something so see. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Chris says:

    Carved from one block of granite? That is really cool!

  6. scrappysue says:

    i need one of those in my backyard! we have a suburb here with indian street names. mysore street is just around the corner!

  7. Cecily R says:

    WOW. What an amazing piece of history!

  8. wow – I LOVE culture!!!!!!

  9. Webradio says:

    Wouahh !

    Très gros animal…

  10. Rachel says:

    WOW — great pictures!

  11. Amazing! Great photos!

  12. Shireen says:

    This is amazing!! Carved from a single stone. These folks are brilliantly creative, BRILLIANT!! Thanks for stopping by my site, Indrani. Have a good weekend 🙂

  13. Reader Wil says:

    What an enormous beast! Thanks for showing!

  14. ValleyGirl says:

    Wow. I think the thing that amazes me most is that it was built centuries before cranes and power tools and has withstood the harsh weathering effects of time. It’s beautiful.

    The 800th step, eh? Sounds like quite a hike!!

  15. Bengbeng says:

    Perhaps If i am from India i might take this pic for granted but for me over here, reading this post is a privilege. Thanks for sharing

  16. lisaschaos says:

    How awesome! Especially when you think that it’s all from one stone!

  17. Susan says:

    Wow, that is really something!

  18. Faye Pekas says:

    What an awesome old statue. And he’s huge! Its amazing that it was carved out of one stone.

  19. Ashwin says:

    Being a Mysorean and being accustomed to see the statue at least once a week, I have always taken the statue for granted. Looking at the comments here, I get a new respect for the statue.

  20. Robyn says:

    It is amazing that as old as it is it still looks beautiful. I doesn’t seem to have been weathered at all.

  21. Kat says:

    but but but…. apart from the L x B x H details, where’s the accompanying juicy news i-share is renowned for ??????

  22. Mysorean says:


    The history of emergence of this bull is fascinating.
    In my younger days on the way up by foot in Chamundi Hills, we were given its fascinating story
    by our teachers standing us up near the Bull.

    There is a very active Kannada meet in Auckland, if you google, Prof MK Vamanamurthy, the patron. A quintessential Mysorean and a brilliant mathematician, knows more about this bull.

    The only other which comes near to this majesty is the Bull in Brihadeeshwarar temple in Tanjore. That is much older than this from the Chola’s period.

  23. GMG says:

    Hi Indrani! First of all many thanks for your comment on my post of 08.08.08 at 08h08 at Blogtrotter, now in Kos, Greece! It was great to read you there. Second, sorry for the long delay to come here, but August was a terribly busy month, as everybody else seems to be in vacation… ;))
    Anyhow, I found sometime now to land here and enjoy your blog. Great pictures, incredible statue! Also loved to see the post on Chamundeswari Hill and the amazing brinjal…
    Wish you a great weekend!

  24. chrome3d says:

    It looks so peaceful and comfortable. Very impressive size!

  25. kallu says:

    Colossal is always mind boggling. Great pics Indrani. He looks so above it all. And the detail- those sculptors- must have taken years.

  26. Lakshmi says:

    It is indeed one of the biggest nandi statues in India.The other big nandi is in Tamil Nadu in the Brihadeshwara Temple

  27. Lakshmi says:

    great pics ..this is one of the biggest nandi statues..the other nandi is in Tamil Nadu in Brihadeshwara Temple

  28. Darlene says:

    Such a beautiful statue.

  29. You don’t see that every day.

  30. i remember this so much. i went to the nandi with my cousins once…late at night, a beautiful statue…n beutifully captured too.

  31. i remember this so much. i went to the nandi with my cousins once…late at night, a beautiful statue…n beutifully captured too.

  32. polona says:

    wow, the statue looks truly magnificent!
    thank you for sharing

  33. This is what I was hoping to see again this year…

    Lovely pictures…..

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