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.
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.
This article was added on
request of Mr Rajesh M.K.