Nandi, the mount of Shiva

Incidents of Travel > Kathmandu Valley > Patan & Nagarjun

Statue of Nandi, the "golden calf" mount of Shiva, outside the Bhai Dega Shiva temple in Patan.

Each of the major Hindu deities has an associated animal known as their "mount." Depictions of the god or goddess will usually include a direct or indirect reference to the mount.