SHIVA (HIS VEHICLE)
Each member of the Trinity has an animal who acts as his vehicle. Shiva’s mount is the beautiful milky white bull, Nandi, who is enormous with powerful red-tipped horns and large, loving eyes.
This magnificent animal was presented to Shiva by His father-in-law, Daksha, as a marriage gift, and was named Nandi which means “giving joy.” He embodies the power that can be attained through the taming of strength and fierceness. Shiva rides on the back of Nandi, as only those who have mastered desire and gained self-knowledge can ride the blissful bull.
In India, many bulls are allowed to roam about freely and graze wherever they please. These large animals are worshipped by the devout who touch their backs in reverence to receive their blessing and are sometimes branded with the sign of the trident. Upon death sacred bulls are given great funeral rites in recognition of their likeness to Nandi, Shiva’s vehicle.