If you are on a tour to Karnataka then this is a must visit place in Mysore, “Sri Chamundeshwari Temple” which is located in the beautiful Chamudi hills that is full of life and scenic beauty. The place has an amazing vicinity and is situated in a hill making it a great place to visit. The temple is constructed for Goddess Chamudi who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. The place is said to be very holy and peaceful thus attracting lot of tourists. It is said that the goddess is so powerful that she fulfill all your honest needs.
This is one of the oldest temple in Karnataka that was said to be built during 12th Century, however the tower was built around 300 years ago. The temple is in the height of seven floors and it has a 40 meters high “Gopuram” that is decorated with the complex painting crafted with perfection. The main look out of the temple is the shrine of Sri Chamudeshwari which is made up of solid gold that is beautiful and mesmerizing. It is also said that the gates of the temple is made up of pure silver metal and also has 30 chants (shlokas) encrypted on the “Nakshatra Malike”.
The temple also features a huge idol of Mahishasura near the temple in significance of Goddess Parvathi slayed Mahishasura in the form of “Mahishasura Mardhini” to protect the place. Thus, Chamundeshwari is popularly known as the protector of Mysore. There is a beautiful and huge Nandi (Bull of Lord Shiva) found near the temple and likewise there are many small idols of Nandi observed all over the place.
The legend narrates a beautiful story of Goddess Chamundeshwari which started with two asura brothers, Shumba and Nishumba who were the most powerful because of the boon they had received after attaining penance. As a result, they started harassing all the Godly beings and humans in the earth. The Devas started praying to Goddess Parvathi to help them in despair. Thus, the Goddess took the form of a beautiful maiden and came down to earth and encountered the asura brother. Both the brothers were mesmerized by her beauty that they wanted her to come to them and be theirs. When the maiden dint show any response, they forced on her and as a result the maiden who was actually Goddess Parvathi took her anger avatar and killed both Chanda and Munda who were the generals sent by the asura brothers to bring her to them. Thus, she was called Chamundeshwari or Chamundi.
The best time to visit Mysore is during “Dushera” because it is a treat to watch and Mysore Dushera is famous all over the world.
You can visit Chamundeshwari temple any day and everyday, however Tuesdays and Fridays are considered to auspicious and you will get to see lot of visitors and devotees during these days.
Darshana Timings: 7.30 a.m to 2 p.m and 3.30 to 6 p.m and 7.30 p.m to 9 p.m.
Abhisheka : Dailly 6 a.m. to 7.30 a.m and 6 p.m to 7.30 p.m and Friday 5 a.m to 6.30 a.m.
Dasoha (free meals) to devotees daily 12.30 p.m to 2.30 p.m.
How to reach the temple:
It’s very easy to reach the place. You can either take airways or Railways to reach Mysore city or Bengaluru city. From there you can take a bus or hire a cab to reach the Chamundi hills.
All types of accommodations are available in Mysore city.