Parad Nandi / Pardeshwar Nandi/ Parad Bull / ParadNardeshwar
This Parad Nandi charged by Mahamrityunjai Mantra. It issaid that Nandikeshvara was a "Rishi" (Wise Man) who guarded thedoors of Shiva's abode and thus became divine. According to Shaivite scholars,Nandi was associated with Lord Shiva because they both symbolize masculinepower and the control of that power. Nandi embodies inner strength which can beacquired by controlling physical strength and violence.
Nandi is the vahana (vehicle) of Shiva. As an independent deity, the bull wasin ancient times, the Lord of Joy (Nandikeshvara), and was represented as a manwith a bull's head. Joy, i.e., music and dance, were seen as the fundamentalforces of creation, an aspect which was later transferred to Shiva. Later itwas said of Nandikeshvara that he was a rishi (wise man) who guarded Shiva'sdoor to become divine in this way.
Benefit's Of Worshipping Nandi:
** Shaivite scholars state that "the original reason for associating thebull with this god was simple, the great masculine potency which each embodies,and the rage and physical power of which both are capable."
** As the creature on which Shiva rides, Nandi embodies the permanent innerstrength which can be acquired by controlling physical strength and violence(the name means: he who grants joy). Only those who have conquered desire andachieved self-knowledge can ride the bull like Shiva himself.
Weight:185 gm (approx)