Chamundeshwari Temple

Chamundeshwari Temple
Chamundeshwari Temple

The renowned Chamundeshwari Temple, a popular Hindu temple situated in Mysore at the height of 1000ft on the Chamundi hills and dedicated to goddess Durga, is an unmissable attraction for travelers. Not only does it have statues of Nandi and Mahishasura (the demon), but this ancient temple located in the palace city of Mysore also counts amongst 18 revered Maha Shakti Peethas – making it one-of-its kind!

Visitors to the Chamundeshwari temple can reach it – either by climbing a series of steps or driving through an intricate valley road. This hallowed place has been revered and worshipped for centuries, as evidenced by its namesake: The fierce form of Shakti, also known as goddess Durga. Every day at this temple adoration is given to her with offerings such as fruits, coconuts and flowers; sincerely paying homage to the deity in all reverence.

Situated atop the majestic Chamundi hills, the Chamundeshwari temple is one of those rare places that isn’t packed with tourists. You can spot large statues of an asura called Mahishasura from your way up to the temple and you will also be graced by sight of a sacred Nandi cow statue on its grounds. The view from this holy location is breathtaking; it provides stunning views over many of Mysore’s important buildings including Lalitha Mahal Palace.The temple has taken a monumental step towards preserving our planet by officially becoming a No Plastic Zone, which severely restricts the use of plastic and disposal of hazardous materials. This decision is immensely impactful in safeguarding our environment!

Since 1399 AD, the Wodeyars of Mysore and other powerful dynasties like Hoysala and Vijayanagar have been making significant contributions to this ancient temple – a shrine with an astonishing history stretching back over 1,000 years. Situated at the highest point of Chamundi Hills, the Chamundeshwari Temple has long been revered as one of Mysore’s most iconic sites dedicated goddess Durga. Such is its popularity that it continues to attract thousands of devotees every year from all around India.The history of the sacred shrine dates back to 12th century, when it was erected by Hoysala rulers. Later, in 1659 Vijayanagar emperors added two towers that stand tall at 3000 feet atop Chamundi Hill and constructed a flight of 1000 steps leading up to them.

The beauty of the Chamundeshwari temple is only magnified by its neighboring attractions. Mahabaladri, Narayanaswamy temples, and statues of both Mahishasura and Nandi are all in close proximity to this grand edifice. One piece that stands out from amongst them all though is none other than the Lalitha Palace – home away from home for many generations on Mysore royalty! Situated atop a hilltop overlooking beautiful views across multiple horizons – it’s no wonder why they kept returning here throughout time. During Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV’s reign, he commissioned this construct as his own place of residence during visits to the hills; it was then known as ‘Lalithadri’.

From September to October, Chamundi Hills provide breathtaking views of Mysore City. Even though the weather is delightful year-round, during Dussehra and Diwali festivals in fall people crowd around the temple. You can visit at both dawn and dusk for an unforgettable experience!

The Chamundeshwari temple, situated 13 kilometres away from the Mysore junction train station, makes it easy for travellers to reach their destination with a convenient and affordable auto rickshaw service. It will usually take around 30 minutes to drive from the station to Sri Chamundi Hills. Moreover, KSRTC buses provide an accessible mode of transportation every 20 minutes from Mysore city bus stand straight to this remarkable landmark.

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