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Temples in South India >> Karnatka >> Chamundeshwari Temple

Foundation of Sri Chamundeswari Temple is considered to build in 12th century old while its tower is relatively new about 300 years old. The temple has a seven story tall and 40 metre high 'gopuram' adorned with intricate carvings. Major attraction of the temple is the idol of the Chamunda Devi which is said to be made of solid gold. Even the gates of the temple are made of silver.

The original shrine is thought to have been built in the 12th century by Hoysala rulers while its tower was probably build by the Vijayanagar rulers of the 17th century. In 1659, a flight of one thousand steps was built leading up to the 3000 foot summit of the hill.

At the temple are several images of Nandi (the bull mount of Shiva). There is a huge granite Nandi on the 800th step on the hill in front of a small Shiva temple a short distance away. This Nandi is over 15 feet high, and 24 feet long and around its neck are exquisite bells.

The temple has a seven story tall 'gopuram' decorated with intricate carvings. The idol of the Chamunda Devi is said to be made of solid gold and the temple gates are made of silver. we also have chamudeswari remple on the bank of river Mangeera in Chitkul village in medak district,Andra pradesh,India

The famous Sri Chamundeswari Temple is located on top of picturesque Chamundi Hills near Mysore in the state of Karnataka. In fact Chamundi Hill is named after Goddess Chamundi who is believed to be the incarnation of Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. A large number of devotees from all over the country and even abroad visit the temple every year. Pilgrims strongly believe that the Goddess helps them to fulfill their needs.

The temple also boasts of a jewel Nakshatra-Malike with 30 Sanskrit shlokas inscribed on it. A 16-foot-high statue of the demon Mahishasura near the temple is another significant feature of Sri Chamundeswari Temple. This is so because Mahishasura was slain by the goddess Chamundeswari (Durga or Parvati) to protect the area. Hence Chamundi Devi is also lovingly known as the Goddess of Mysore. The word 'Chamundi' means terrible, and this is another name for Parvati, who is in an angry mood to slay the demon.

It takes about one thousand steps or a taxi ride to reach the top of Chamundi Hill. One can have a bird's eye view from the top of the hill and enjoy the beautiful vistas of Mysore. Halfway up the hill, along the road, is a 16 foot high and 25 feet long Nandi (Shiva's holy bull) carved out of a large granite stone. Nandi is another attractive feature of the Chamundi Hill and attracts millions of tourists every year.

Best Time for Visit
Chamundeswari Temple is approximately 13 kms from Mysore and can be reached by road. Tuesdays and Fridays are considered to be the auspicious days to visit the Chamundi Devi temple hence a large number of devotees throng the temple on these days. Best time to visit the temple is during 'Dussehra Festival' in September or October when Mysore city can be seen in all its pomp and splendor due to regal Dussehra celebrations.