Venkateswaran N E
venkatne2011 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 24 01:39:07 CST 2016
Thank you Subbuji and Shyamji.
I got a similar clarification from Bharatiya Vidvat Parishat too, which I reproduce below for the group’s benefit.
From Dr. T Ganesan (Bharatiya Vidvat Parishat)
// First, Nandi and Vrisha are two different entities in the Saiva system; while Nandi is one of the पार्षद-s वृष[वृषभ] is the वाहन of Siva.
In the Sivapuja as prescribed and described in the Saivagama-s, Nandi along with गङ्गा is worshipped as residing at the right side of doorstep, while वृष is not worshipped.
In the Siva temple also it is the वृष that is always placed facing Siva .
That is the reason in the verse cited by you there is separate mention of Nandi and Vrisha
Due to reasons unknown both Nandi and Vrisha got mixed up in the popular tradition, so much so that Siva is addressed as Nadivaahana--नन्दिवाहन, which is not correct.
> On 24-Nov-2016, at 12:49 PM, Shyam Subramanian <shyamsub at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have read that nandi(n) was earlier considered a prime gaNa/attendant and not the vAhana of Siva, which is the vRshabha and that both have been equated in 'later' literature.
> Ref : https://manasataramgini.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/nandin/ <https://manasataramgini.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/nandin/> (I have not personally verified the sources mentioned here).
> On Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 8:40 PM, Venkateswaran N E via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org <mailto:advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>> wrote:
> In the Panchayatana Puja published in the book Nityahnikam by R S Vadhyar & Sons, there is a shloka on Paramesvara as follows :
> नमः शिवाय साम्बाय सगणाय ससूनवे |
> सनन्दिने सगङ्गाय सवृषाय नमो नमः ||
> Can someone explain the occurrence of two references to 'with Nandi', first as सनन्दिने and again as सवृषाय. Or does one of these words describe another attribute of the Lord, and if so which word and what does it signify.
> Thanks in advance.
> Warm Regards
> Venkateswaran N E
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