Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

Chamundi Hills Mysore | Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

Chamundi Hills is one of the most sacred hills of India. The Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the outskirts of Mysore on a hilltop. Goddess Chamundeshwari Devi is the main deity of Chamundeshwari temple. The temple offers its visitors a breathtaking view of the city from the top of the hills. Chamundeshwari Temple is a traditional Hindu temple. Which is situated at an altitude of 1000 feet on the Chamundi hills on the eastern side of Mysore. Dedicated to Goddess Durga and named after her, the temple also houses idols of Nandi and the demon Mahishasura.

Being one of the oldest temples in the palace city of Mysore, this temple is a must-see for travelers. Chamundeshwari Temple is considered as a Shakti Peeth. Let us tell you that this is one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas. Maa Chamundeshwari Temple is a famous Hindu temple located 13 km from Mysore city in the state of Karnataka, India. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Maa Chamundeshwari. Maa Chamundeshwari is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Goddess Parvati took this incarnation to kill the demon named Mahishasura.

History of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple Mysore

The description of Shri Chamundeshwari temple is found in detail in Hindu Puranas. According to Skanda Purana and Devi Purana, in ancient times, the demon Mahishasura had obtained a boon by doing penance to Brahma. It made him extremely powerful. Later he started tyrannizing in all the three worlds and the gods were also stricken with him. Goddess Parvati took the form of Goddess Chamundeshwari to kill Mahishasura. After a fierce battle, Goddess Chamundeshwari killed Mahishasura. At that place Devi killed Mahishasura, there is a temple of Maa Chamundeshwari at the same place.

The temple of Maa Chamundeshwari is one of the Shaktipeeths of Goddess Sati. Here the hair of Goddess Sati had fallen. 52 Shaktipeeth This is the 18th Maha Shaktipeeth. In ancient times it was a small temple. But the temple was expanded in the 12th century by the rulers of the Hoysala dynasty. After that the temple was rebuilt by the rulers of Vijayanagara Empire. In 1659 1000 steps were constructed to reach the temple. The seven-storey gopuram of the temple was also built by the rulers of Vijayanagara in the 7th century. It was rebuilt in 1827 by the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wadeyar III.

Chamundi Hills Mysore

Best Time To Visit Chamundi Hills

The city of Mysore has a tropical climate. But the best time to visit the city is during the monsoons and winters. The weather here is very pleasant during the monsoon-winter months from July to February. In those months, you can go sightseeing while seeing the beauty of the city. The summer season is not suitable for sightseeing here. Because heat can cause problems.

Traveller Tips

Shri Chamundeshwari Temple has been declared as Plastic Zone.

Because of that devotees cannot bring plastic bags here.

Dumping of plastic waste in hilly area is strictly prohibited.

Carry a camera and binoculars along to capture the spectacular views here.

Observe silence in the temples situated on the hill.

Be prepared to go to the temple to wait in the queue.

The hills sometimes get overcrowded.

Sometimes the wind blows here. So wear comfortable clothes.

Carry a water bottle with you while traveling here.

Chamundeshwari Temple Timings

Temple opening hours 7:30 am to 2 pm

3:30 PM to 6 PM 7:30 PM

Till 9 pm. During that time devotees can have darshan and worship in the temple.

The timing of Abhishek is from 6 am to 7:30 am and 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

But on Friday the time changes. Friday from 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Free food is available in the temple every day from 12:30 am to 2:30 pm for the devotees in the form of Dushoh.

Architecture of Chamundeshwari Temple

Chamundeshwari Temple is a quadrangular structure and built in Dravidian style. 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. There is a small tower above the sanctum. There are seven golden urns on the minaret located at the entrance. The minaret at the entrance has a small image of Lord Ganesha at the door. The door is plated in silver. It has images of Goddess in various forms.

As soon as you enter inside, there is a small idol of Lord Ganesha on the right side. After some gap, in front of the sanctum there is a Dhwajastambh, footprints of the Goddess and a small idol of Nandi. This temple is of great antiquity. and symbolizes 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. and is about 15 feet high.

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple photos

Nearby Attractions

Mysore Zoo

Mysore Palace

Karanji Lake

Brindavan Gardens

Philomena’s Cathedral

Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery

Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum

Jaganmohan Palace

How To Reach Chamundi Hills

The railway station of Bangalore city is well connected to all the major cities. There are many trains running between Bangalore to Mysore. Chamundeshwari Temple is located at a distance of 13 kms from Mysore Junction Railway Station. Shatabdi Express connects Mysore with Chennai. Buses of Karnataka Road Transport Corporation and neighboring state transport corporations and private transport companies ply between different states from Mysore. The nearest airport here is Bangalore. It is located 139 kms away. There are flights to and from all the major cities.

Chamundi Hills Map & Location

Video of Chamundi Hills

Interesting Facts

Chamundeshwari Temple is located at a distance of 13 kms from Mysore Junction Railway Station.

The hills are at an altitude of about one kilometer above sea level.

Chamundi Devi (Chamundeswari) killed the demon at this place.

The ancient Mahabaleshwar temple is present in the Chamundi hills.

According to mythology, the real name of Chamundi hills is Mahabalachala.

The Chamundeshwari temple has an idol of the demon Mahishasura.

Chamundeshwari Temple is situated on the top of the hill.

The sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses a specially made idol of Goddess Chamundi Devi.

This temple is dedicated to Chamundeshwari Devi.


Q .Is Chamundi Hills open now?


Q .Who constructed Chamundeshwari in Mysore?

The Rulers of the Hoysala Dynasty

Q .Can we visit Chamundeshwari Temple?


Q .Why is Chamundi Hill famous?

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple is famous for.

Q .How long does it take to climb Chamundi Hills?

45 minute

Q .Is Darshan allowed in Chamundi temple?



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