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A Tale of Two Nandi Hills: One in Asia another in Africa

There are two Nandi Hills in the world, located on different continents.

The first Nandi Hills is found in Africa, precisely East Africa and particularly in Kenya.

The second set of Nandi hills is located in Asia, precisely in India.

In both locations it seems the communities surrounding those two Nandi Hills love livestock and precisely Cattle, animals that are important in both Nandi Hills.

The Nandi Hills of India

In India the word ‘Nandi,’ means something different to that of Kenya.

According to the Sankrist language, ‘Nandi’ means ‘Happiness,’ or ‘Joy,’ and even ‘Celebrations.’

Nandi Hills happens to be a town in Bangalore, in the Karnataka State of India.

This town is also known as Nandidung, Nandirurga and Nandi Betta.

The area surrounding this urban center is hilly. The highest hill in the range towers at 1478 meters above sea level.

The weather there is usually wet, cloudy and misty, for most part of the year.

The main religion practiced at Nandi Hills is Hindu.

One of the Hindu Gods is called Lord Shiva.

Lord Shiva’s companion is a bull. The bull is a divine animal and is called Nandi. It is referred to as Nandi Bull, or as they call it, ‘Nandidedeva.’

Most of their places of worship are known as Nandi Bull Temples.

Many of the residents of Nandi hills avoid eating beef altogether though they do take cow milk.

The Nandi Hills town is already a popular tourist destination for foreign travellers.

The Nandi Hills of Kenya

Nandi Hills is a town in the Nandi County of Rift Valley Region in Kenya.

Like its Indian counterpart, the area is also very hilly.

The highest elevation in the range peaks at 2047 meters above sea level.

Again like the similarly named place in Asia, the Kenyan Nandi Hills features wet, cloudy and misty weather.

As for the religion, the majority of Nandi people follow the foreign Christian faith brought by European Missionaries.

A small population in the area also happens to be members of another foreign faith, Islam, originating from the Middle East.

But like their counterparts in India, many of the Nandi hills residents rear cattle.

However, unlike their Asian peers, the Kenyan Nandi communities eat beef in addition to taking cow milk.