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This excerpt from the Shatarudra Samhita of the Shiva Purana describes the birth of Nandi and how he became the leader of Shiva's Ganas. He is not referred to as a bull at all; here's how Nandi describes his appearance at birth: On seeing me the boy with three eyes, four arms and lustre like that of Yama, sun and fire and clad with matted hair and ...


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A tortoise in front of lord Shiva's idol symbolically signifies two reasons :- As we know that when you try to touch or harm a tortoise, it will take his legs and head inside his shell, hence this signifies that even humans should withdraw all his senses from our material world, which in Hindi we say Moh-Maya nahi rakhni chahiye. Its the way that tortoise ...


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Nandi is married. The story of Nandi's marriage is described in this excerpt from the Shatarudra Samhita of the Shiva Purana. As discussed in the Shiva Purana excerpt quoted in my answer here, Nandi was the son of the sage Shilada. He engaged in Tapasya for a long time, and then Shiva appeared before him and made him the leader of his Ganas. Nandi ...


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But I want to know form scripture point of view, who holds the earth/bhumi? Chapter 15 of Umasamhita of Shiva Purana says Adi Sesha holds the Earth. तस्याधारः स्थितो नागः स च विष्णुः प्रकीर्तितः। ब्रह्मणो वचसो हेतोबिभर्तिं सकलं त्विदम्।।११।। Sesa is the base of the globe, who is also called Visnu, who according to Brahma preserves the universe....


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In Linga Purana, Nandikeswara himself gives a Dhyana Sloka of his where he says that he has to be meditated upon as having a monkey-face. So, Linga Purana is one such scripture. Source: Linga Purana - J.L.Shastri (part1). Chapter 27: Worship of Linga, Verses (19-21): By the right side the lord of Devas, Nandin, i.e myself, shall be worshipped. I ...


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Here are scriptural sources that describe different kinds of animals supporting the Earth: World Elephants: In the Bala Kanda of the Ramayana, Indra steals the horse of Ashwamedha Yagna of Rama's ancestor Sagara, and so Sagara tells his sons to dig the Earth to find the horse, as described in this chapter of the Bala Kanda of the Ramayana: "Let the earth ...


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Apart from the puranas the theory of earth being supported or upholded by four elephents is mentioned in "Brihatsamhita" by Varaha-Mihira". Chapter 32 " Bhukampa Laxan Adhyay , Signs of an earthquake. क्षितिकंम्पमाहुरेके बृहदन्तर्जलनिवासिसत्वकृतम् । भूभारखिन्नदिग्गजविश्रामसमुद्भवं चान्ये ॥१॥ Some hold that an earth-quake is caused by huge ...


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There must some Puranic stories saying something or the other. But in Vedas its clearly stated that its truth that upholds or supports the earth. So I am only answering the following question of yours. But I want to know form scripture point of view, who holds the earth/bhumi? satyena uttabhita bhumihi. ........ The earth is supported by the ...


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Tortoise About Tortoise Link1 Link2 A tortoise in Shiva Temples has a symbolic significance to inspire the devotees in their spiritual practice. A tortoise has the ability to withdraw all its limbs and head completely within its shell. This symbolically inspires a spiritual aspirant to withdraw all his senses from the material world. Further when a ...


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I had also visited this temple of Shiva near Mahalaxmi temple. The pandit told me and mom the same thing. It is because he stays inside the temple and thinks that no one else should benefit and only shivji should listen to him and his family. In many joytirlings of Shiv ji, it is allowed by temple of famous joytirling to say in nandi ears.


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This chapter of the Karna Parva of the Mahabharata describes Shiva first riding a chariot pulled by his bull, and then riding the bull itself, when he goes to destroy Tripura: After, O monarch, that best of cars had thus been constructed by the gods, O tiger among men, for grinding their foes, Sankara placed upon it his own celestial weapons. Making the ...


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