[INDOLOGY] "vIraka"

Christopher Wallis bhairava11 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 21 22:57:02 UTC 2013

If I understand Judit correctly, the Nandirudra which Jayaratha writes of
is not half-bull half-man. Identification of Nandin as Śiva's bull is a
recent phenomenon; in the pre-modern period, the bull vehicle was just
called Vṛṣabha while Nandin/Nandirudra was a gaṇa and one of Śiva's

best, C

On 11 August 2013 06:38, Andrew Nicholson
<andrew.nicholson at stonybrook.edu>wrote:

> Thanks to all of the Indological sleuths who responded to my query,
> both on- and off-list. The collective knowledge of the scholars here
> is astounding.
> I should have mentioned that Kurma Purana 2.7.7 includes "vIrANAM
> vIrabhadro 'haM." It therefore seems a little less likely to me that
> "gaNeSAnAM ca vIrakaH" only three verses later at 2.7.10 would be a
> repeated reference to Virabhadra. However, the identification of
> Viraka with the half-bull, half-man form of Nandin, suggested by Drs.
> Roebuck and Törzsök, makes a lot of sense.
> Based on your responses, it also seems there is a dissertation waiting
> to be written on the mythology and iconography of Nandin/Viraka. If
> someone can point me to an article on Nandin that discusses this
> humanoid form, I'd be grateful.
> My annotated translation of the Isvara Gita (Kurma Purana 2.1-2.11),
> including this verse about vIraka, will be available from SUNY Press
> in 2014.
> All the best,
> Andrew
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*śivās te panthānaḥ santu* = May there be blessings on your journey.

Christopher Wallis, M.A. (Cal), M.Phil. (Oxon)

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