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Shiva's Bull. Pre-Angkor period. 7th century. Southern Cambodia. Sandstone. http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/view?exhibitionId=%7b9A312299-72C2-49CD-9AFC-DE56BDFCF6BD%7d&oid=77650&pg=5&rpp=20&pos=87&ft=*

Nandi or Nandin ( Sanskrit: नंदी), is now universally supposed to be the name for the bull which serves as the mount (Sanskrit: Vahana) of the god Shiva and as the gate keeper of Shiva and Parvati, and in Hindu mythology. He is the chief guru of eight masters including Patanjali and Thirumular.[1] Temples venerating Shiva display stone images of a seated Nandi, generally facing the main shrine. There are also a number of temples dedicated solely to Nandi.

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