Chamundeshwari Temple in Mysore Karnataka

Chamundeshwari Temple is a famous Goddess Durga temple situated on the top of Chamundi Hills around 13 km from Mysore in Karnataka, India. The temple enshrines Chamundeshwari Devi, the fierce form of Goddess Shakti. Goddess Chamundeshwari is a tutelary deity held in reverence for centuries by Mysore Maharajas. The deity of Goddess Chamundeshwari is said to be made of gold and the temple doors are built of silver. The temple features a jewel Nakshatra-Malike where 30 Sanskrit slokas are inscribed on it.

The original temple of Chamundeshwari in Chamundi Hills was constructed by Hoysala rulers in the 12th century. The temple has a seven storey tall Gopura which is constructed in by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1827. A small idol of Lord Ganesha can be seen near the main gate.

Visitor Attractions of Chamundeshwari Temple

Located on top of the 3000 ft high Chamundi Hills, it takes 1000 steps to reach the Chamundeshwari Temple. A 16 foot high statue of Mahishasura, whom Goddess Chamundeswari killed to protect the people, can be seen near the temple.

On the 800th step of the Chamundi Hills is a huge granite Nandi, the vahana of Lord Shiva, on the hill in front of a small Shiva temple. The statue of Nandi, one of the largest statues in India, is around 24 feet long and more than 15 feet high. Nandi is adorned with magnificent pendent bells around its neck. The Nandi statue and the 1000 steps are built by Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar in 1659.


Picture of Nandhi at Chamundeshwari Temple in Chamundi Hills Mysore Karnataka

There are two other temples in Chamundi Hills - Shiva Mahabaleswara Temple and Lakshmi Narayana Swamy Temple.

Chamundeshwari Temple Pooja Timings 

The temple opening and closing timings include

07.30 AM to 02.00 PM
03.30 PM - 06.00 PM
07.30 PM - 09.00 PM

Chamundeshwari Temple Festivals 

The 10 days annual Dasara festival is celebrated here with much religious importance. Special prayers and chanting of Vedas are held at the temple on these days. Various music performances are also conducted. Ratholsavam or Car Festival is celebrated on the on the auspicious Ashwayuja Pournami, after the Dussehra Festival. The Theppotsava or floating festival will be held on this occasion.

The best time to visit the shrine is during the Mysore Dussehra Festival.

How to Reach Chamundeshwari Temple

Chamundeshwari Temple is around 13 km from Mysore. Regular buses are operated by Mysore Central Bus Stand to reach Chamundi Hills.

3 comments:

  1. I visited in 1956 with my uncle and anty!

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  2. there is one temple called "Jwalamukhi" devi, sister of Chamundeshwari amma... very nice... we can feel the vibrations if we sit quietly there. I have visited 2-3 times. One of the place, I would love to go again.

    shamalajanardhanan

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  3. There is one more temple called "JWALAMUKHI DEVI" on the foot of the hill. There is a deviation when we go up the hill. This devi is called as the sister to Chamundeshwari amma. Very nice and peaceful place.

    shamalajanardhanan

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