Nandi (Sanskrit: नंदी), is the bull which Shiva rides and the gate keeper of Shiva and Parvati in Hindu mythology. This particular idol is about 10 ft long and 6ft in height.

The stone idol has been smeared with Panchamrit. Panchamrit contains five nectars naming cow’s milk, ghee (clarified Butter), sugar, curd (yogurt) and honey as part of the daily rituals.

As suggestion from my good friend Nathalie to do some “Indian” shots …. I’ve gone out and mindfully sought out these shots which I normally don’t do as I felt they didn’t hold too much interest (I see these on a daily basis and so …).

Nikon D300
Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 AI MF
f/8 at 1/90 secs -0.33EV (underexposed a little to get a tiny bit more punch).

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  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Vikram!
    That is a common sight in India?? More please!

  • Appel
    Appelabout 4 years ago

    I agree with Nathalie! One of the joys of being on RB is being able to see other parts of the world not only scenic but cultural as well. What’s everyday for you, is definitely not everyday for me! :-)
    Oh, and great shot!!! :-D

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneabout 4 years ago

    Bravo Nathalie and to you sir! Sometimes what we look at every day is a treasure that we aren’t really SEEING! Thank you for sharing….I personally love this sort of work and I love knowing some of the history as well. Wonderful work Vikram :)

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful to see the world you live in Vikram…think we’re all guilty of not regarding our surroundings as worthy of others…I seem to recall a comment you made on a shot of mine long ago when I complained there really wasn’t anything much worth taking – it was a seascape with the ocean and snow-capped mountains! duh! This is a beautiful shot – full of rich tones and heritage! More please!

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