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Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple, Andhra Pradesh – Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple, Andhra Pradesh
The Mahanandeshwara Swamy Temple in Kurnool is a village located east of the Nallamala hills. The temple is famous for its freshwater pool, called Kalyani, and houses the largest Nandi statue in the world. The Mahanadi dimension measures 15 feet by 27 feet. Around Mahanadi there are nine other Nandi temples known as Nav Nandi.
Lepakshi Temple, Andhra Pradesh – Lepakshi Temple, Andhra Pradesh
India’s finest Nandi is located in the Lepakshi temple, located about a mile before the main temple, in front of which is a huge serpent statue. The Nandi present in the Lepakshi temple is a main attraction, the enormous Nandi bull 4.5 meters high and 8.23 meters long made of granite stone.
Chamundi Hills, Karnataka – Chamundi Hills, Karnataka
Nandi idol was installed on the way to Chamundeshwari temple. Lord Shiva’s carousel is 4.9 meters high and 7.6 meters long, made of black granite. Monolithic Nandi Statue in Chamundi Hills is a major tourist attraction of Mysore along with Mysore Palace and Lake Karanji.
Brihadishwara Temple, Tamil Nadu – Brihadishwara Temple, Tamil Nadu
The Bada Mandir or Brihadeshwara Mandir has a large Nandi bull statue carved from a single rock. An idol about 16 feet long and 13 feet high is installed at the entrance. Mount Nandi, the sacred bull of Lord Shiva, weighs around 20 tons.
Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple, Tamil Nadu – Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple, Tamil Nadu
The Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple is located in the Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu, at this place a Shiva temple is present next to the Brihadeeswara temple. Seeing Nandi located in the Gangaikondan temple, you will never tire of admiring the work of architect and engineer.