The Chamundeshwari Temple is a traditional Hindu temple located on Mysore’s eastern edge at 1000 ft on the hills of Chamundi. The temple, dedicated to and named after the goddess Durga, also has statues of the demon Nandi and Mahishasura. The temple is one of the oldest temples in Mysore’s palace-city and is a must-visit attraction for travelers. The Temple of Chamundeshwari is regarded as one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas as a Shakti Peetha.
Visitors can reach the temple of Chamundeshwari by two alternatives, either by steps or by riding through the interwoven valley road. The temple showcases Shakti’s fierce form, a tutelary deity held in reverence by Mysore’s Maharajas for centuries; hence its name derives from Durga’s goddess. The goddess Durga idol here is daily decorated and decorated by a number of priests. To show respect and reverence, the deity is offered a variety of fruits, coconuts, and flowers.
The temple is generally not too crowded on top of the Chamundi hills. The Chamundeshwari temple also has demon Mahishasura statues; from the way to the temple you can even see the huge statues. The temple also has a Nandi statue, which is a cow’s statue and plays a major role in Hindu mythology. The temple view is amazing as you can see many of the city’s major buildings including the Lalitha Mahal Palace. The temple was also proclaimed the No Plastic Zone, making an enormous contribution to the preservation of our environment by curbing the use of plastics and dumping hazardous materials.
History of Chamundeshwari temple
This temple, of excellent antiquity, has over 1,000 years of history. It was constructed as a straightforward shrine but later became immensely popular owing to the goddess Durga’s divinity. It became very important after Mysore’s Maharajas, the Wodeyars, came to power in 1399 AD. The credit for this temple’s significant contributions goes to three dynasties— the rulers of Hoysala, Vijayanagar, and Mysore. The Chamundeshwari temple, situated on top of the Chamundi hills, is one of Mysore’s most popular and ancient temples. The initial shrine was constructed by the Hoysala rulers in the 12th century, according to historical records, with the towers being constructed by the 17th-century Vijayanagar rulers. In addition, a 1,000-step flight was built in 1659 leading up to the Chamundi Hill 3,000-foot summit.
Best Time To Visit Chamundeshwari Temple
During the months of September to October, Chamundi Hills offers the finest panoramic perspective of Mysore City. Though the climate is quite pleasant all year round; the temple is heavily flocked during September and October owing to Dussehra and Diwali festivals. The temple can be visited both in the morning and in the evening.
How To Reach Chamundeshwari Temple
The temple of Chamundeshwari is situated 13 kilometers from the train station at the intersection of Mysore. There are nominal fees for the auto rickshaws. Driving from the airport to the Chamundi Hills requires about 30 minutes. KSRTC bus services are also accessible every 20 minutes from Mysore City Bus Stop to Sri Chamundeshwari Temple to provide passengers with ease and convenience.