The Ever Popular Chamundeshwari Temple in Mysore, Karnataka

One of our favorite weekend getaways is Mysore. The city has still maintained its charm and boasts of various sight seeing places well maintained. We toured the city unplanned and enjoy the surprises it has. However this post I have the ever popular Chamundeshwari Temple in Mysore.

The temple is on Chamundeswari Hill, one of the sacred hills of India. Little on the outskirts, this hill is 3kms from Mysore. A temple dedicated to Goddess Chamundeswari is located at the top of this sacred hill, hence the name. You can access the temple via the 13km long motor able road or those interested in spiritual cleansing can take the 1000 steps up the hill. These steps were carved out of granite rock by Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar, the ruler of Mysore from 1659 to 1673. We were told that there is a separate set of equestrian steps carved in the rocks especially for the Kings using horses. I could not trace out those steps though.

Chamundeshwari Temple Mysore facade

 

Chamundeshwari Temple Mysore

Chamundeshwari Temple in Mysore

The temple dates back to the 11th century, and is a fine quadrangular structure of Dravidian style of architecture. Unfortunately for us, the day we visited the temple, it was all cloudy, the pictures of the temple as you can see are not so clear. The seven storeys tall, 40m high gopuram, with intricate carvings looked marvelous in spite of the clouds hovering around it. Chamundeshwari idol is made of solid gold, but no photography allowed inside. The doors are made of silver and so are the idols of other Gods inside.

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Hanuman Idol inside a small shrine in Chamundeshwari Temple Mysore

Outside the scene is like any mini market, the usual hustle and bustle of sales boys selling postcards, souvenirs. The lady was selling flower baskets for puja, and also took up the responsibility of safe keeping of foot wears.

Flower seller outside Chamundeshwari Temple Mysore

Chamundi Hills

The hill got its name from Goddess Chamundi, an incarnation Goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva. A tyrant demon Mahisasur was killed by the Goddess to protect the area; the temple is built dedicated to her. A 16 foot high statue of the demon is also put up there on the hill top. The region Mysore of yesteryear gets its name from the demon Mahisasura and has been ruled by great dynasties. Today the name is confined to just that city, the Mysore state has been renamed as Karnataka and the state capital shifted to Bangalore.

Mahisasur in Chamundeshwari Hills
Open Timings of Chamundeshwari Temple

Abhisheka Timings (Special Prayers): 6 am to 7.30 am and 6 pm to 7.30 pm
Friday: 5 am to 6.30 am

Darshan & Pooja Timings (Open and Prayers): 7.30 am to 2 pm, 3.30 pm to 6 pm, 7.30 pm to 9 pm

Chamundeshwari Temple in Mysore

 

Third Largest Statue of Nandi - The Bull in Mysore
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21 Responses to “The Ever Popular Chamundeshwari Temple in Mysore, Karnataka

  • that was so colorful and pretty thank you for sharing that lovely site so many of us could see no other way. and wow what an elephant shot below

  • The temple is beautiful and magnificent! I love visiting such places to know another race’s culture.

  • Very nice. Been there nearly 20 years ago on a guided tour, where the guide knew even less than we did!
    So thanks for the info about the idols!

  • i love the architectures.

    my ws entry is here. hope you can take a peek. thanks.

  • Those are beautiful shots. Very interesting post and I’d love to see that sometime.

  • love mysore..i feel so much at home there ..

  • Bonjour !

    Tu as vraiment des photos “Ă©tranges”…

    Sommes-nous dans un temple ?

  • Any description of Chamundi Hills is not complete without the magnificient bull, Nandi, sitting 3/4 ways up the Hills on the steps on the way to the Temple. The beauty of the Hills is lost if one takes the road to the Hills. Climbing the steps has always been the ideal way of savouring the beauty of the Hills, and at the end of the journey one is rewarded with the blessing of the Goddess. Standing near the Nandi and looking at the expanse of Mysore, identifying the landmarks like Mysore Palace, Mysore Railway Station, Lalithamahal etc.. had been the favourable past time of many Mysoreans including mine.

    Goddess Chamundeshwari for Mysore Maharajas was what Lord Ananthapadmanabha was to Maharajas of Travancore (their familiy deity). It was not coincidence that after exquisite compositions on Chamundeshwari, the late Muthiah Bhagavathar went to Swathi Tirunal College of Music to continue his creative work there.

    Unfortunately, I hear from my friends who are residents in the Hills for generations, that the Temple is not managed well and the last late Maharaja’s son
    is requesting the government to transfer the manangement responsibility to him. Hope the government agree to this request to preserve the beauty and history of Chamundi Hills.

    I would even suggest transferring the management of the Temple to NRN who in his younger and college days was so much devoted to the Hills and the Goddess.

  • Thanks Marcia, ECL, RAJI, MILETTE, Carver, Lakshmi and Mysorean.

    Mysorean, I will be posting on Nandi Bull soon. :)It deserves a post dedicated for it alone.

  • Those are terrific photos. I love the amazing details on the structures. Your photos are so rich of colors. Thanks for sharing this interesting culture.

  • Had been there long back. Remember a tea vendor who used to be more informed and communicative than the actual guide hanging around there!

  • Pics are too good. Less crowd too.Last time i had been there, i could not enter the temple as we were getting late for Dasara and the tample was jamm packed with tourists.

  • Mysore famous for Sandalwood too.

  • That’s where we went for our honeymoon :-))) Mysore and
    remembering going up Chamundeswari hills.. We loved it.
    Learnt more about it in your descriptive blog.
    Awaiting the Nandi bull blog soon
    -Deepavali release?

  • India is one place I would love to visit someday. And Mysore would be on top of my list now that I’m so into my yoga practice. Great shots!! So colorful 🙂

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  • Wow what an amazing place!

  • This is just so fascinating, again.

  • wow reading this post is like taking a holiday with u as a guide. thanks!

  • this was a wonderful post. i think the mist wrapping the temple adds to the mystery and creates a mood.

  • What a magnificent temple! I wish I could visit there myself.

  • Nice and informative. Thks

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