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| Last Updated:: 13/03/2018

Bull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Bos indicus

 

Common name

 

Humped Bull

 

Hindi

 

Saand

 

Sanskrit 

 

Vrishabha

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gods of the Veda were called bulls for their superior power and abilities. The Vedic status of the bull was inherited by Nandi, the companion and vehicle of Shiva in later literature.

 

  

 

 

Goddess Maheshwari

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two of the Sapta Matrikas (Seven Mothers), aspects of Durga or Shakti, Maheshwari and Varahi have bulls as their vehicles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bull is the emblem of Adinatha or Rishabhanatha, the first Jaina Tirthankara.

 

 

According to the Zend-Avesta, the bull is an incarnation of Verethraghna, the Iranian version of Vritrahan, another name for Indra the killer of Vritra, demon of drought.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basava

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Karnataka, Nandi is known as Basava, and the famous Bull Temple of Bangalore is situated at Basavangudi.

 

 

 

Biroba or Viroba the bull is worshipped by the Dhangar, a nomadic shepherd community of Satara, Sangli, Pune and Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: “Sacred Animals Of India” by  Nanditha Krishna,   (Penguin Book India, 2010)

http://www.trimandir.org/list-of-trimandirs/rajkot-trimandir/#.WqebFGpubIU

http://www.missionkuldevi.in/2016/06/maheshwari-power-of-maheshwar-html/

http://bit.ly/2GnS5r8

http://bit.ly/2tGIVn3

http://gops.org/?p=703