This is the yesti stone from Darasuram Temple, a Chola temple near Tanjore, from which we have derived the current yesti for Nandi Mandapam.
This is the drawing on plywood which was done the last time Stapathi visited the worksite.
A full view of the yesti marked on tracing.
This is the front view of the yesti marked by Stapathi.
The one on the left is the view that will be seen from the front.
The two separate drawings on the right side is a split view of the front part and the back part. This was done to make it easy to carve, especially the temple which comes behind the elephant..
This is how the yesti stone will look finally part of Nandi Mandapam.
"Stand strong for Saivism." The nature of life for Saivites is to turn work into worship, to turn the secular into the sacred. Each day give a little extra warmth, humanness and upliftment to others. Every day is a holy day, all day long. We want to follow our religion even in our dreams. If we help someone, we're worshiping. Wherever we are, that's a place of worship. "To the Saivite Hindu all of life is sacred. All of life is religion."