Chamundeshwari Temple History, Architecture, Timing And Entry Fees

Chamundeshwari Temple is located in the city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka, India. This temple is a Hindu temple situated on the top of Chamundi hill, not far from Mysore city. Chamundeshwari Devi located in the temple is considered to be the fierce form of Shakti. Mata Chamundeshwari Devi is known as the patron of the King Maharajas of Mysore. People of Karnataka know Chamundeshwari Mata as Nada Devi. Which means the local goddess here.

Chamundeshwari Temple is situated on the eastern side of Mysore at an altitude of 1000 feet on the Chamundi Hills. Chamundeshwari Temple is dedicated to Chamunda Devi, the name of Goddess Durga. Apart from the idol of the Goddess, the idol of Nandi and Mahishasura is also installed in the temple. Chamundeshwari Mandir is considered to be a Shakti Peeth. And it is one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas. Pilgrims can reach the temple either by stairs.

History of Chamundeshwari temple 

Situated on the top of Chamundi hills, Chamundeshwari Mandir is one of the most popular and ancient temples of Mysore. Due to this the history of this temple is more than 1,000 years old. Earlier it was built as a simple temple. But later it has gained immense popularity due to the divinity of Goddess Durga. The temple grew in great importance during the rule of Maharaja Wodeyar of Mysore in 1399 AD.

The main contribution to the temple goes to the three dynasties- Hoysalas, Vijayanagara and Mysore rulers. According to history records, the original temple was built by the Hoysala rulers in the 12th century. The towers were then built by the Vijayanagara rulers of the 17th century. After that a flight of a thousand stairs was built in 1659. It goes up to the 3000 ft summit of Chamundi hill.

Best Time To Visit Chamundeshwari Temple

Best time to visit Chamundeshwari Mandir Chamundi Hills offers the best panoramic view of Mysore city during the months of September to October. But the weather remains quite pleasant throughout the year. Apart from this the temple is highly crowded in the months of September and October due to the festivals of Dussehra and Diwali. One can visit the temple in the morning as well as in the evening.

Chamundeshwari Temple Timings And Entry Fee

Chamundeshwari Temple is open from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm and from 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Morning worship timings in the temple are from 6:00 am to 7:30 am and in the evening from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. In the middle of that time the devotees can have darshan of the mother in the temple. And every day in the temple from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, food is given to the devotees in the form of prasad. There is no entry fee to enter the temple and visit Mata Rani.

Tips For Visiting Chamundeshwari Temple

Shri Chamundeshwari Mandir has been declared as no plastic zone.

Therefore, passengers are requested not to bring plastic carry bags.

Because dumping of plastic waste is strictly prohibited in the surrounding hilly area.

Architecture of Chamundeshwari Temple

Chamundeshwari Temple is built in the Dravidian style and displays a quadrilateral structure. It consists of the main gate, the entrance gate, the Navrang Hall, the Antara Mandapa, the sanctum sanctorum and the Prakara. At the entrance is a beautiful seven-step pyramidal tower. And there is a small minaret above the sanctum. There are seven golden urns on the top of the minaret located at the entrance. The minaret at the entrance has an image of Lord Ganesha at the door.

You enter. So on the right side there is a small idol of Lord Ganesha. After that in front of the sanctum there is a Dhwajastambh, the footprints of the goddess and a small idol of Nandi. This temple dates back to great antiquity and is a symbol of the crown of Mysore. The idol of Nandi is made of granite. And it is placed on the 800th stairway on the hill. It is adorned with metal bells around its neck.

Religious Significance of Chamundeshwari Temple

The religious importance of the temple of Chamundeshwari Mata is told. That Durga Mata had killed the demon king Mahishasura on the top of this Chamundi hill. At the time when Mata killed the demon, this region was ruled by Mahishasura. And this entire region was known as Mahisharu. Later, when the British came under the rule of this country, the British changed the name of this country to Mysore. The Chamundeshwari Mandir situated on the Chamundi mountain is also considered a Shaktipeeth. Because here the hair of Goddess Sati had fallen. It is also known as Kroncha Peetham in South India.

How To Reach Chamundeshwari Temple

One can reach Kempegowda International Airport from Bangalore to reach Chamundeshwari Mandir by air. The temple is 219 kms away from the airport. By Rail One can reach the temple by auto taxi or taxi from Mysore Junction. The temple is 13 kilometers away from the railway station. By Road Transport Corporation buses, private buses and taxis can reach the temple premises from any city in the state of Karnataka to reach Chamundeshwari Mata Temple.

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple Map

Video of Shri Mata Chamundeshwari Temple

Interesting Facts

Chamundeshwari Mandir is a religious place located on the hills of Chamundi in the state of Karnataka.

This temple is dedicated to Chamundeshwari Devi.

Chamundeshwari Mandir is a Shaktipeeth as the hair of Goddess Sati fell here.

Chamundeshwari Devi is considered to be a form of Durga.

Situated on the Chamundi hill, this temple symbolizes the slaying of the demon Mahishasura by Durga.

There is a tall statue of Mahishasura on the Chamundi hill followed by the temple.

Chamundeshwari Mandir was built in the 12th century.

It is also known as Kroncha Peetham in South India.

FAQ

Q .Is Chamundi Hills open now?

Yes, Temple open from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm.

Q .What is Chamundeshwari Temple famous for?

The temple situated on Chamundi hill symbolizes the slaying of the demon Mahishasura by Durga.

Q .Which God is chamundeshwari?

Chamundeshwari to Maa Chamunda, Chamundi, is a fearsome form of Chandi, one of the Hindu goddesses of Maa Durga or Shakti.

Q .Who built Chamundeshwari Temple?

Maharaja Wodeyar, Rulers of the Hoysala Dynasty, Vijayanagara ruler And Ruler of mysore

Q .Is Durga and chamundeshwari same?

Yes 

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