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.
About the 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 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.