Colossal figure of Shiva, Chamundi Hill, Mysore
Photographer: Nicholas and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the Elgin Collection: 'Autumn Tour 1895. Vol II' of the colossal Nandi image on Chamundi Hill, taken by Nicholas and Company in the 1890s. Chamundi Hill is a rocky hill about two miles south-east of the Fort of Mysore. The hill takes its name from the Goddess Chamundi, an emanation of Durga and the guardian deity of the Mysore Rajas, who was worshipped in the temple on the summit. On the road that ascends the hill there is a colossal Nandi image hewn out of a single boulder in 1659. Nandi is the bull sacred to the god Shiva. It is represented with ceremonial bells and garlands.