I once overheard a foreign visitor asking a tourist guide, ‘would anyone know how much this weighs’. She was referring to the Nandi on Chamundi Hill. This kind of curiosity doesn’t bug you and I, and the rest of us in Mysore. Tourists tend to be curious about matters to which we don’t give much thought.
But then a tourist guide is taken to be a know-all by visitors, and he/she can’t afford to be ignorant, not just about Nandi’s tonnage but its other vital statistics such as age, width, height, the time it took to carve it, and the number of artisans deployed. A media report says the 342-year-old Nandi carved in granite is 25 ft. wide and 16 ft. in height.
Nandi was in the news for a mahabisheka performed on the mega idol. A platoon of priest chanted mantra as they poured over the head of the bull 30 different items, including milk, honey, curds, ghee, and tender coconut water.