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The hounded bull – The Statesman

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I actually really feel so sorry for the magnificent animal that is the bull. I was at a banking mela organised by the native administration in Alwar. A bull wandered in and walked about harmlessly. Almost every stall keeper – selling/displaying nothing nonetheless banking information – hit him. Passers-by hit him. Security guards hit him. His solely response was to try to dodge the slap or lathi which, given its measurement, was unattainable. Finally, he left, bruised and sore.

Bulls go to sabzi mandis to eat the thrown away greens/leaves and fruit. So many are attacked with acid that it is troublesome to find a bull that doesn’t have acid burns. In Gorakhpur, city named after Gau Raksha, the municipal administration catches them steadily, locations them into kilos and refuses to feed them. They die contained in the week, spending most of it lying down as they haven’t any vitality left. No gaushalas take bulls, in order that they roam the streets and are crushed every day. Many are rounded up at night and supplied to illegal butchers. Some are taken by fake mendicants, branded with trishul photos, painted and paraded for alms.

Some are grown for combating, as in Jallikattu, the place they’re starved and blinded, made mad with alcohol after which let free to be jumped on and their horns torn off. Ancient Tamilians considered the bull a sign of masculinity and valour, so naturally the human should be higher and stronger. Those that keep are shipped to Kerala the following day to be killed.

The phrase Nandi means joyous. In precise life the bull leads a life as a sufferer of beating, torture, starvation and early lack of life. Our good passion for Nandi the bull, exists – as a result of it does for Hanuman and for Ganesha – in temples solely. In fact, the three animals – the rhesus monkey, the elephant and the bull – are terribly violently dealt with.

No one feeds them as they may cows. No one wants them. And now, as they develop rarer, your youngsters will not ever see them in all their glory and may. Nandi is the Mount and gatekeeper of Shiva and Parvati. He is the Chief Guru of 18 spiritual masters, along with Patanjali and Thirumular. He is the controller of 18 siddhis or spiritual attainments.

Not solely is he the being that meets you first in a Shiva temple, there are numerous temples devoted to Nandi alone. In Sanskrit the title of the bull is Vrishabha, which suggests righteousness or Dharma. He is the protector of Dharma and the chief of the employees of Ganas, or attendants of Shiva. It is important to hunt the blessings of Nandi sooner than persevering with to worship Lord Shiva. He symbolizes purity along with justice, faith, data, virility, and honour.

He presents the music to which Lord Shiva performs the Tandava or the cosmic dance. In the Brahaddharma Purana, Nandi is the commander of Lord Shiva’s army. Spiritually, Nandi represents the particular person soul centered on the Atman.

In the Saura Purana, Nandi the bull is described in all his splendour, with ornaments that glow with the fireplace of thousand suns, three eyes, and a trident held in his hand. The most common depiction of Nandi is a sitting bull with folded limbs. He is each black or white and wears a necklace with a bell. Other depictions of Nandi current him as half human, and half bull.

His physique resembles that of Shiva in proportion and aspect, although with four arms – two arms holding the Parasu (the axe) and Mruga (the antelope) and the alternative two arms joined collectively throughout the Anjali (obeisance). Brahma Vaivarta Purana says Krishna himself took the kind of a bull as no person else throughout the Universe can bear Shiva.

According to the Vayu Purana, Nandi was the son of Kashyapa and Surabhi. Some Vedic texts give the story of Nandi as follows: The good sage, Shilada carried out penances and prayed for an immortal infant. The little one which emerged from the fireplace of the yagna was named Nandi by Shilada and, by the age of seven, was successfully versed in all the sacred scriptures.

But Shilada was instructed the child would die in a 12 months. Grief-stricken, he shared this with Nandi who prayed to Lord Shiva. The god responded by giving him a necklace with the bell, transforming him into half man, half bull and gifting him immortality whereas making him head of the Ganas and his private Vahana. Shilada and Nandi went to Lord Shiva’s abode, Mount Kailash, and dwell there for all eternity. Another story speaks of how all through Sagar Manthan, or the churning of the ocean, the snake king Vasuki was used as a rope.

The churning launched out such deadly poison that not one of many devas or asuras wished to go near it. Lord Shiva drank the poison. Some of it spilled out. To save his grasp and all life, Nandi drank the spilled venom. Lord Siva calmed their fears saying, “Nandi has surrendered into me so completely that he has all my powers and my protection”.

Nandi survived the poison and even the Devas – the gods – and Asuras – the demons – have been struck with awe at his massive vitality. He is alleged to have taught Kartik, the son of Shiva and an superior warrior, the paintings of warfare. Many of us whisper their prayers into the ears of the Nandi bull. This comes from one different story. Shiva decided to meditate and, ofcourse, Nandi decided to take motion as successfully and sat in entrance of his lord.

During this meditation, the asura Jalandhara kidnapped Goddess Parvati. The gods requested Lord Ganesha to inform Shiva, nonetheless he could not carry his father out of his meditation. Then Ganesha whispered the details into the ears of Nandi the bull and Shiva heard and wakened. From there comes the concept that one thing instructed to Nandi reaches Shiva. Once Ravana mocked Nandi. Nandi retaliated with a curse that Ravana’s kingdom may very well be burnt by a monkey. This obtained right here true when Hanuman went in quest of Sita.

The largest Nandi in India is in Aimury in Kerala. The largest number of bulls is killed in Kerala. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have large Nandi temples. See for those who’ll discover any bulls each on the road or in Gaushalas. All over India, the little male calves are killed even sooner than they’re going to mature into bulls. Those that are fortunate enough to reach maturity, rarely make it earlier 4 years of torture. In the model new temples devoted to Shiva, the scrotum of Nandi is not sculpted any further in case it embarrasses the an identical women who come to worship Nandi and ask for fertility. And actually, no person wants the ‘uncastrated’ bull any further.

Either he should be a bullock, alongside along with his testicles crushed to a pulp with stones after which made to work. Or he should be a cow – milked after which eaten. But a wild pure creature that roams free and defies use – why not merely maintain beating and ravenous him till he dies or greater nonetheless, catch him at night as he poses a hazard to folks, break his limbs so that he doesn’t be a nuisance on the truck and promote him to the butchers.

Instead of using his virility to impregnate cows, we’ll do it with semen collected from certain creatures who ship semen artificially which is induced into the cow by vets. Shiva is Nandi. He refuses to be domesticated. He refuses to behave as society wants him to. He is often the progenitor of his Goddess’ youngsters nonetheless in no way their father. He will not be going to be fettered. And merely as we’re afraid of the goddesses who will not be going to be married and depict them as ugly, wild and consuming blood – as in opposition to the tamed, beautiful consorts, Shiva is confirmed as wild and indignant.

This, sadly, is our opinion of the bull – a dangerous, wild creature, who should be eradicated. Feed the bulls in your house. Stop them from being killed. They characterize a part of you which ones is dying. You cannot be a Shiva bhakt and allow the bulls to die.

(To be a part of the animal welfare movement, contact [email protected], www. peopleforanimalsindia.org)

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