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Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4553 W: 17 N: 10825] (44050)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-01-01
Categories: Artwork
Exposure: 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-05-30 12:00
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Points: 32
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Chamundi Hill - Nandi

I dedicate these three pictures to Gert (Holmertz) who wanted to see more photos taken on Chamundi Hill, just outside of the city of Mysore.

Not far from the top of the hill, there’s a giant monolithic statue of Nandi.
This statue is more than 350 years old, sculpted during the period of Dodda Devaraja Wadiyar who ruled from 1659 to 1673. It’s one of the oldest icons in Mysore.

Nandi is the name of the gate-guardian deity of Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction and is usually depicted as a bull.
In India you can see statues of Nandi in front of the Shiva temples, normally on the court facing the shrine.

This image of this Nandi was carved out of a colossal granite boulder on the hill slope.
After being sculpted, the statue has been rubbed with coconut oil to prevent it from cracking.
During centuries layers of oil, dust and dirt had turned it black. On older pictures you will see a black Nandi. Possibly Gert has seen it in that version …
Today the colour has changed because the statue has been cleaned using high-power water jets. So now you will see a very clean and light grey bull.

On top of the hill you find the Chamundeshwari Temple, named after Chamunda, a bloodthirsty goddess who accepts human sacrifices.
The temple was constructed in the 12th century and later the rulers of the Vijayanagar Empire built the tower in the 17th century.

In the WS you find a picture of this temple. I was there on New Year’s Day, a day off for everyone in India. Inside the temple there was an incredible number of visitors. Because of the many people it was impossible to take a decent picture of the interior.

Further in the WS another event of which I don’t know the true meaning.
A little beyond the entrance to the temple it seemed like offerings were burned. Also a lot of pushing there.
I could take only one picture from the side but then so many people arrived that I hadn't a view any longer.
Then I visited the temple and afterwards I forgot to ask more explanation about the burning.

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Hello Paul,
Nice capture of this gigantic on 3,5 centuries old Nandi. Perfect pov and sharpness. Nice the flowers on it and many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards

Hello Paul,
Thank you for the kind dedication. Indeed, when I saw the thumbnail I thought it must be "my" nandi. I still remember well the awesome sight as I reached this platform on my way up the hill. But you are right: it was much darker in 1988. I didn't recall that immediately. What an impressive sight it is, and you were lucky that the crowds were not as bad down here, allowing you a decent photo from a good angle. The WS photos are also interesting, and you should be forgiven for not understanding every ritual in India. Hinduism is a very complex religion.
Kind regards,

Hello dear friend and have a nice time
and a happy new day
original version
it is something I see for a first time
and according to your useful notes this
is a statue more than 35o years old
sculpted during the period of Dodda Devaraja
you captured it from the best angle and generally you are very lucky because the crowd was not so close

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9725 W: 57 N: 16632] (61522)
  • [2018-05-30 13:03]

Hallo Paul,
Het indrukwekkende beeld ziet er nog puntgaaf uit, zeker gezien de leeftijd van drieënhalve eeuw. De gele en rode details doen het goed ten opzichte van het grijze steen. De kleuren in het algemeen zijn heel aangenaam.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12293 W: 126 N: 22185] (113009)
  • [2018-05-30 13:14]

Hi Paul,perfect capture of this very impressive monolithic sculpture close to the temple,very curious and very sharp,i like a lot the full view in the 1st WS and it's very curious to understand what happens in the other,maybe a dinner,maybe just a ritual of offers to the Gods...i don't know me too. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Paul,
The giant grey statue has flowers decoration which gave extra warm tones and slight contrast.
I would not know to which animal relate this - still an impressive old one.
Have a nice new day,

Bonjour, cher Paul,
Les us et coutumes de chaque pays sont toujours étonnants pour les européens !
Ici, cet animal monumental décoré de fleurs est un sujet très intéressant ainsi que son histoire;

Salut Paul,
Intéressante statue, c'est bien cadré sous cet angle, bonne luminosité tamisée même si peut être un peu de contraste en plus ne donnerait pas mal pour la présentation.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10743 W: 146 N: 27061] (129607)
  • [2018-05-31 0:00]

Hello Paul, Nice three pictures. I also have no idea what is the meaning of the celebration, there are so many festivals in India, I rarely know what is going on. strange to see Nandi after cleaning. Also, the fence is quite new. I remember well Chamundi Hill (as you will see later :)).

Kind regards MAlgo

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14860 W: 1055 N: 30543] (142985)
  • [2018-05-31 1:20]

Hello Paul,

Holy cow Batman! I like the real bell in front of the carved bell patterns on the resting bovine statue. A good upward pov with excellent sharpness. The undulating green fence is a cut above the average fence too. Tfs!

Bonjour Paul,

Je suis toujours surpris de constater qu'à un certain moment, quelqu'un a décidé que cela prenait une sculpture gigantesque d'un animal quelconque à cet endroit précis, mais la photo est bien faite.



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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25053 W: 520 N: 42301] (181212)
  • [2018-05-31 10:36]

Goedenavond paul,

Vandaag een dag met vele gezichten, deze morgen fel onweer met bakken regen.
Daarna mooie opklaringen en behoorlijk warm, daar weer buien, meer toch mijn fietstocht gedaan.
Uw hele serie laat mij toe ietste leren van een land die mij vreemd is.
Uw twee extra foto's maken alles meer duidelijk.
Prachtig foto werk, bedankt.

Groeten uit Vlaanderen,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14489 W: 0 N: 16395] (176049)
  • [2018-05-31 21:42]


quelle belle barrière verte sueprbe vue et cpatage quel rendu sur la pierre grisee de la statue et ces décorations en juanes qui ressrotent grandisoe compo
Bravo et amitié

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici, lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak. Lepa stara skulptura i trenutak sa posetiocima.
Zelim vam lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje, srecno.

Good day.
A nice view and a moment, interesting and good text ...
Good work with nice photos in the workshop, beautifully shown, good contrast, nice colors, a nice caught moment. Nice old sculpture and a moment with visitors.
I wish you a beautiful and successful day, all the best, good luck.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3659 W: 0 N: 8592] (60259)
  • [2018-06-01 7:56]

It is a giant bull, indeed, very nice photo of the sculpture, I guess the bull is decorated with flower garlands, very well captured
regards Ryszard

Hi Paul, very curious and interesting this statue and story. The colors here are attractive too. Great job, my friend.

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