Bull in the store…

Found this on a gho-rakshana Facebook page – isn’t this amazing?!

Bull_in_store

 

For those who don’t understand HINDI (written on the pic):

“This bull comes to this store daily and sits in front of the SHIVA deity. On holiday, due to store being closed, he sneaks through store window and goes away.”

The picture doesn’t say where this happens…I bet this is at Varanasi, which is the only place where I’ve seen where cows are extremely integral in the city 🙂

Jai ho nandi maharag!

Here is more to this photo….

Thanks to Shri Ramesh for this article….

Twenty-five years ago, a bull walked into the Lucknow Chikan Shop, a cloth store tucked away in the dusty folds of Varanasi. It stayed on for half a day. Paramanand Chhugani, the shop owner, rubbed his eyes and scratched his head.

The next day, the bull returned and stayed put till the lights went out at 9 pm. Chhugani’s surprise took on the form of devotion. A devotee of Lord Shiva, the supreme deity of Varanasi, Chhugani decided that the bull’s visit was a sign from the Lord. By the third day, the bull had a name—Nandi Baba. “Outside every Shiva temple there sits Nandi (bull). I am a bhakt of Shivji so it was natural to name him Nandi Baba,” Chhugani told Open. “I am overwhelmed by his presence in my shop.”

The first Nandi Baba died. But other bulls followed, all named ‘Nandi Baba’ by Chhugani. The current incumbent is Nandi Baba the Fourth. Chhugani’s business has expanded since his first bovine visitor. In 2003, he opened a second shop, Lucknow Chikan Centre. It is mandatory for employees of both shops to pay obeisance to Nandi Baba IV.

Chhugani saw a divine hand even in the inauguration of his second shop. He spotted a Nandi in the vicinity and realised he had found his chief guest. “I kept the door open and waited,” Chhugani said. “Sure enough, Nandi walked into the shop. What’s more, it went straight to Shivji’s idol inside the shop. It looked at the idol for some time, then licked it. Afterwards it sat down at the foot of the idol. We couldn’t believe our eyes. Since then, Nandi Baba visits my shop every day.”

Nandi Baba is organised. It arrives at the shop at 9.30 am, except in the summer, when it waddles in half an hour later. The shutters are opened only after the bull reaches the shop. It walks in first and everyone else follows. Then, it walks up to the idol of Lord Shiva, licks it and sits down at its feet. The shop is cleaned even as Nandi Baba sits there. The area around the idol is cleaned only after it leaves the shop in the afternoon to stroll around the market. Chhugani ensures that it gets a sumptuous lunch. Post lunch, it returns and sits till closing time. Fearing that the bull will be inconvenienced if the shop is closed, Chhugani keeps it open every day of the year.

Shoppers in Varanasi are used to Nandi Baba’s presence. In fact, the shop has become a tourist attraction. People in Varanasi have anointed Nandi’s visits to the shop as a miracle. Sometimes, they flock there only to worship it. The Chhuganis do not turn back anyone who is keen to worship their Nandi Baba.

“We are blessed by Nandi Baba’s presence. How can we deprive other devotees of the pleasure of worshipping him?”

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  1. Very Interesting. God is everywhere. May I also pray to bless us and be with us. Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara. For a long time it is our wish to have one or more cows and protect them with love and affection. But we dont have a farm land or cultivable land. We hope God will bless us to fulful our earnest desire.
    Venkataraman Subramanian, Bangalore, 0-9445419951

  2. OM NAMASIVAYA. Thennadudaya Sivane Potry Ennattavarukkum IRAIVA potry potry.

  3. Very interesting and amazing! Hara Hara Shankara, Jaya Jaya Shankara!

  4. how much would it cost us to adopt a cow? it will be nice if we can orchestrate any such effort in the US also.. no?

    • here it isn’t possible to adopt a cow and keep it with you unless you’re living in a farmland etc.. Also govt imposes lots of regulation to own living stocks…

  5. In Tanjore, Cobra is doing Bilwa pooja to the Lord Shiva (in front of everyone) during Elicps time. Now, this Bull. I can pray to the Eswar to give such blessings to my Athma also, to see Him. Great!!!! Great!!! Parameswara, please give such Anugraha. My namaskarams to those Athmas. Please forgive all my sins (knowing and unknowingly). Thank you for sharing this.

  6. Varanasi is a holy place, lord shiva exists everwhere,

  7. Really  amazing  Mahesh!  This  shows  even  in  Kaliyuga  Bhagavan  is  around  us  only  always.  நம்பினோர்  கெடுவதில்லை  நான்  மறைத்தீர்ப்பூ.  

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