The Enigmatic Yet Divine Chamundeshwari Temple Of Mysore

Chamundi Hills | Chamundi Temple

Representing interesting local myths, the state of Karnataka boasts many ancient temples. However, it is always fun to check out the art and architecture of the olden times. On the same ground, Mysore is endowed with such an ancient temple called Chamundi temple. Seeing thousands of visitors daily, the temple is situated on the top of the mighty Chamundi hills. Serene and peaceful, more than 3000 feet in height, the Chamundi hills timings are suitable to tourists. Thus, the location is a soulful combination of religion, mythology, architecture and natural beauty.

Intact And Preserved Architecture

Chamundi Temple

Being quite old, the architecture of the temple is unharmed as it is well maintained by the authorities. Today, the temple vicinity is quite large comprising of few other temples, a Mahishasura and big Nandi sculptures, pantry, latrine, and recreation facilities.

Built in the Dravidian style, it has quadrangular Gopura. The Gopura has a Ganesh idol while the entrance door is flanked by the statues of dwarpalas. As far as the structure of the Indian temple is concerned, this Chamundeshwari temple also possesses sanctum santorum, Antharala mandapa, Navranga hall, and the long spire. The compartments of the temple are symbolistic of life and the attainment of the higher self. Dedicated to goddess Chamundeswari, the idol of the deity is seated on the throne in the sanctum. Chamundeshwari temple timings are planned following the daily maintenance, worship customs, and rituals.

Construction History Of The Temple

Chamundi Hills

The primary shrine was established by the king of Hoysala rulers in the 12th century. Post the foundation of the temple there have been many alterations to make it easy for the devotees. In the 17th century, the spire was built by one of the rulers of Vijaynagar.

Moreover, to aid the worshippers to climb on, the commendable staircase of 1000 steps was constructed by the Dodda Devraja Wodeyar in 1659. Having reverence for the goddess who is known to fulfill the wishes, he also supported the making of a giant sculpture of Nandi, the bull-throne of Lord Shiva. The Nandi idol measures 16 feet in height and 25 feet in length. Intricately carved bells around the neck of Nandi add finesse to this largest sculpture of India. Situated in front of the Kalbharbi, Lord shiva temple in the same vicinity, the sculpture is on the 700th step of the climb. Within the allotted Chamundeshwari temple timings, you can easily explore the divine spot.

Beautified and maintained by varied Wadeyar rulers of Mysore, the present mesmerizing Gopura entrance was constructed under the aegis of Krishnaraj Wodeyar III. Built in 1827, the height of the Gopura is 40 meters. Besides, making this Chamundeshwari temple a centre of celebration during Navratri, he gifted Simhavahana in 1843. A statue of the Krishnaraj Wodeyar III with his three wives is proof of his valuable patronage towards the Chamundi temple.

The Myth Of Chamundi Goddess

Temple Architechture

Some innumerable myths and legends have been the reason in the establishment of temples in India. Chamundi temple, one of the significant temples in Mysore, is associated with an interesting myth of Goddess Chamundi. According to the myth, Mysore was extremely harassed by the demon Mahishasura, who had a buffalo head. The goddess Chamundi, who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, avenged the demon and settled at the top of Chamundi hills. Thus, the goddess is also known as Mahishasura Mardini.

This revered temple is a Shakti peeth, meaning it was a spot where the hair of Sati had fallen. Moreover, during the battle between Goddes Chamundi and Raktabija, her sister, Jwalamuki helped her to win the same. Dedicated to the sister, there is temple at the foothill called Jwalmuki Shri Tripurasundari temple.

Religious Festivals With Pomp

Mysore joyously celebrates religious festivals. Dussehra, being one of the most important ones, during Navratri, the idol of the goddess is decorated in nine various methods. Chamundi Jayanti is another festival, wherein the idol of the goddess is moved outside of the temple seated on a golden palanquin.

Ashsada shukravar, or the first Friday of the month is also celebrated at this holy location. Being an auspicious day, a lot of visitors attend this temple on Fridays. Moreover, Ammanavara Vardhanti is also a local festival at this temple.

Mind-Boggling Birdview from the temple

View from hills
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Nestled on the top of Chamundi hills, the view from the temple is fabulous and spellbinding. From the temple, the tourists can enjoy the bird view of Mysore Maharaja palace, Lalith Mahal Palace, karanji and Kukkarhali lake. Visiting early morning is one of the best Chamundi hill timings. During the dusk, it is an exhilarating treat to watch the lit-up Mysore palace from the top.

Visiting early morning is one of the best Chamundi hill timings. During the dusk, it is an exhilarating treat to watch the lit-up Mysore palace from the top.

The Chamundi temple timings are between 7: 30 am to 2 pm, 3: 30 pm to 6 pm and 7: 30 pm to 9 pm.