Nandi (Sanskrit: नन्दि ) is the name for the bull which serves as the mount (Sanskrit: Vahana) of the god Shiva and as
the gatekeeper of Shiva and Parvati.The Sanskrit word 'Nandi' in English
translates as Happy, Joyous or Happy Person. Temples venerating Shiva display stone images of a seated Nandi, generally
facing the main shrine. Women visit images of Nandi, bringing floral offerings, and touch the stone. Additionally, it
is also considered a custom among some to whisper the fact of their visit, to that shrine,while requesting the faithful
attendant to inform his master of the same. From the yogic perspective, Nandi is the mind dedicated to Lord Siva, the
Absolute. In other words, to understand and absorb Light, the 'experience and the wisdom' is Nandi which is the Guru
within. Each Hindu god has their own vahana. These vehicles typically tend to be endangered species which Hindus want
to protect from getting slaughtered. Shiva with Nandi is one of the oldest forms of Hindu representation. It is believed
that this form originated when people were mostly cattle rearing and wanted a god to protect their cattle - their most
important property.Nandi signifies strength, load bearing capacity and virility.
As per religion, pujas' had been performed in a ritualistic manner. Each and every festival has its own significance and
is practised accordingly.
In these festivities rang, flowers,kumkum, chandan are used. But in all of these flowers has its own mesmerizing glow.
Lal, pila, narangi, saffed and other colour flowers are used in puja which represents the beauty of our culture.
These florals have led to the innovation of chirping birds on Nandi. It seems as if the whole nature has been potraited.
Beside the banks of Varanasi, in front of the temples an aroma of serenity flows. Nandi is the perfect image of purity and
Banks, temples, stairs etc. expresses religious love among people. Flowers brings optimism and joviality. Combination of
colours has been used to show the relation between bhoot and vartaman kal.
Thats why my work has multifilarious glowing and sharp colours representing a combination of truth and fiction,
that had kept the respect of art.
Sachindra Nath Jha
Sachindra Nath Jha
Sachindra Nath Jha was born in 1975 at Madhubani in Bihar. He studied at the College of
Arts at Patna, Bihar. Sachindra Nath had the good fortune to grow up surrounded by the
richness of Madhubani art. Painting has fascinated him since his childhood and you can
see that he was highly influenced by the Madhubani art form.
“Ghat is series of steps leading down to a water body, and the Ghats of Varanasi are the most
mesmerizing on earth. The auspicious scenario full of magnificent works and activities are the
creations of human. And in more common term Ghats are known for their pandits, pandas etc.”
Sachindra Nath’s works are based on the river Ganga and all that happens around the
river that includes the flowers, pujas and ceremonies. He loves to use vibrant colours like
green, blue, violet and red! His fondness for colours started when he was a child, as he
watched his mother make beautiful “rangolis”. Though he started off as a painter and has
worked for several years in this medium, he started to focus on sculpture from 2005 and
has created his unique space in this area.
Sachindra Nath has held 10 solo exhibitions with many prime galleries in India. Some of
them were at the Nitanjali Art Gallery and Visual Art Gallery in New Delhi and the
Museum Gallery and Arushi Art Gallery, Mumbai. He has also participated in more than
50 group shows in India and abroad that include cities such as London, Switzerland and
Kuala Lumpur and was part of the Bodhgaya Biennale in 2016.
Being highly talented it is no surprise that he has won many prestigious awards for his
work which includes the Kala Samman (State Award) in 2014. The Lalit Kala Akademi’s
National Research Grant Scholarship Award, was conferred on Sachindra Nath in 2002.
The artist lives and works out of the millennium city of Gurgaon