This Giant image of Nandi (Bull) is located at the top of Chamundi hills in Mysore. More than 350 years old, this is one of the oldest icons in Mysore.
About 16 feet in height and 24 feet long, this Nandi atop the Chamundi Hills is the third largest in India. The creation of this colossal image is attributed to Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar (1659–1673) on of the illustrious Maharajas of Mysore. It is the same maharaja who also commissioned the 1000 stepped stairway to the hilltop.
The Nandi is portrayed in sitting position with its left foreleg folded in an about to get up posture. While the image is in great proportions, the finer details are executed equally brilliant. You can see many sequences of bells and garlands dexterously carved over the Nandi. With his ears pointed in rapt attention, the expression on the face is something not to be missed. The whole image sits on a 4 feet or so heigh platform.
The temple doesn’t have a roof and is in the open air. A huge statue of Nandi, Lord Shiva’s vahana (or vehicle), is built on the hill. The magnificence of the gigantic statue makes it easy for an onlooker to imagine the mythological stories about Shiva and Nandi. There is also cave temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva right behind the statue of the Nandi. The greenery all around makes the sight more appealing.
Best Time To Visit
Chamundi Hills offer the best panoramic view of the Mysore city during the months of September to October. Although, the weather is quite pleasant throughout the year; the temple is highly flocked during the months of September and October due to festivals of Dussehra and Diwali. The temple can be visited in the dawn.
How To Reach
Chamundi Hills is one of the top tourist places in Mysore. It is well-connected by road and several local transports travel on a regular basis. You can either take buses or auto-rickshaws to reach Chamundi Hills. The Nandi Statue is half-way up to the hill, a slight deviation from the ‘View Point’ Junction will take you to this Nandi Statue. If you are travelling by bus, then trekking is the only way to reach this statue.
It is better to visit this site during morning hours as it is not safe after dark. The place is secluded and you have to walk some distance to catch any local transport.