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Mysore Chamundi Hills Nandi Facts – Height – Age

Divine Nandi Bull, the vehicle of Shiva, is synonymous with the Chamundi hills in Mysore. Here is a look at some of the important facts of Nandi atop the Chamundi Hill.

Chamundi Hills Nandi is 25 ft. long and 16 ft. tall (7.5m long and 5m high).

The impressive sculpture of Nandi stands halfway up Chamundi Hill and was carved in 1659 CE, from a single granite boulder.

Nandi was built under the leadership of Dodda Devaraja, Wodeyar King, who ascended the throne in 1659 CE. Dodda Devaraja (1659–1673) was the thirteenth maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore.

Pilgrims ascend more than 1000 steps to the summit of the 1,062-meter high Chamundi hill. The temple dedicated to Chamundeshwari is located atop of the hill.

The colossal murti of divine Nandi is famous for its intricate carvings and brilliant finer details of bells and garlands. The expression on the face of Nandi is beyond description and it has to seen to be experienced.

There is legend associated with the Nandi that it was carved out from a single stone in one night.

Though Nandi is found adorning Shiva temples, Chamundi Hills Nandi is one of the few standalone murtis.

After being built, the murti was rubbed with coconut oil to prevent it from cracking.