Nandi Temple, Khajuraho India
Nandi Temple at Khajuraho
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Nandi or Nandin or Nandi Devar (Tamil: நந்தி Sanskrit: नंदी Devanagari:नन्दी,नंदी), is the name for the bull which serves as the mount (Sanskrit: vāhana) of Shiva and as the gate keeper of Shiva and Parvati, and in Hindu mythology. As a common architecture trend, temples of Shiva (and Parvati) display stone images of a seated Nandi facing Shiva. Following the trend, this temple is located opposite to one of Shiva Temple, The Vishvanath Temple.
The temple stands on a rectangular modest (chabutara). The plan of the main structure is of the shape of cross quadrate (combination of cross and rectangle), where the rectangle form the sanctum and the cross edges form the four balconies (one on each side). The temples walls are like balcony walls and do not complete cover the sanctum completely. The roof rests on the pillars (one at each corner).
Erotic sculpture of couples are also seen on the outer roof.
The Nandi Sculpture (see image) is 2.2 m long and 1.8 m high.
- "Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) - Nandi Temple". Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Retrieved 21 March 2012.
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- Image:Nandi Temple Structure
- M.P. Tourism Website, Official Website of Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Corporation, Khajuraho
- Archaeological Survey of India, Bhopal Division, Index Page for Khajuraho - Chhatarpur
- Archaeological Survey of India, Bhopal Division, Nandi Temple, Khajuraho
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