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Chamundeshwari Temple Mysore Address: Chamundi Hill Rd, Mysuru, Karnataka, 570010, India

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Chamundeshwari Temple Mysore Timings

Day Timing
Monday 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Wedesday 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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Located at the top of Chamundi Hills, Chamundeshwari temple is one of most prominent temples in Mysore. Dedicated to the Goddess Chamundeshwari (Chamundi), deity of the Mysore Royal Family and Mysore as well, this temple is about 1000 steps from the foot of the hill. The goddess is seated on a lion, killing the demon with her ‘trishul’. With its impressive architecture, great historical significance and surrounded with nature’s serenity at the Chamundi hills, this temple is still known as a prominent temples in India, attracting not only devotees but tourists from everywhere who come to witness its unshakable grandeur.

History and Architecture of Chamundeshwari Temple

Built in the Dravidian style of architecture, Chamundeswari Temple has a quadrangular structure. It has an impressive seven-tier tower called as ‘gopuram’ or ‘gopura’ and an equally imposing entrance which is known as ‘dwara’. These two can be seen even from the distance of many miles. Its silver gates still presents a glimpse into the royal past. Along with these, the temple is comprises of Sanctum Sanctorum, Navaranga Hall, Antharala Mantapa and Prakara. On the top of sanctum sanctorum, there is a small tower called ‘vimana’.

Originally, a small temple, it gained its present form, because of the expansions offered by the Mysore Maharajas. It is also said that animal sacrifices used to be performed here, which were stopped in 18th century. The temple used to be under the care of Mysore rulers.

The 1000 steps to the temple were built by Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar in 1659. It was during his reign that the massive sculpture of Nandi, Lord Shiva’s bull, was built. With a height of 16 feet and a length of 25 feet, it is considered to be one of the largest statues of Nandi in India. Around the neck of Nandi, you will find captivating pendant bells.

In 1827, Krishnaraja Wodeyar III renovated the temple. It was during his reign when the imposing entrance to the temple was built. Krishnaraja Wodeyar also presented a lion shaped vehicle to the temple, called as ‘Simha-vahana’ along with various other vehicles which are now used for religious and temple processions. There is also a 6 feet tall statue of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, in front of the sanctum sanctorum which is worth noticing. Statues of his three wives, Ramavilasa, Lakshmivilasa and Krishnavilasa are also located on his both sides.

The pyramidal tower at the entrance, which has been designed in the Dravidian style with a small statue of Ganesha, adds on to the beauty of this temple. There are many different images of Goddess at the silver-plated doorway.

Many rulers have contributed to the development of the temple and offered various valuable jewels and items to Goddess Chamundeshwari. Now devotees make offerings coconuts, fruits, and flowers to the deity.

This temple is perfect combination of architectural beauty with the piousness of firm beliefs and religious sentiments. You will find two more temples at the hill, dedicated to the Lakshmi Narayana Swamy and Mahabaleswara. Sri Mahabaleshwara temple is said to be the oldest temple on the hill. It is believed that devotees can eliminate their past sins by climbing the steps to the temple.

Chamundi Hills

Seen from all the corners of Mysore, Chamundi Hills stand majestically with a height of about 3,489 feet above the sea level. These hills are located at a distance of about 13 km from Mysore. These hills stand about 800 feet above the Mysore city.

These hills have been mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures such as ‘Skanda Purana’. Place named Trimuta Kshetra has been mentioned in these texts; this place is surrounded by eight hills and Chamundi Hills in one among them. Earlier, the hill used to be known as Mahabaladri after the Mahabaleswara Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also the oldest temple on the hills. Afterwards, the hill came to be known as ‘Chamundi Hills’ after the Goddess Chamundi.

When on the Chamundi hills, tourists can get a bird’s eye view of Mysore. Tourists can get a glimpse of Mysore Palace, Dasara Exhibition grounds, Lalitha Mahal Palace, etc.

Chamundeshwari Temple Timings

The darshan and puja timings at Chamundeshwari Temple are 07.30 AM- 02.00 PM; 03.30 PM- 06.00 PM and 07.30 PM - 09.00 PM. For those who are interested in attending the pooja, visiting during these hours is ideal. The abhishekam timings are 6. 00 A.M to 7.30 AM in morning and 6.00 PM to 7.30 PM in evenings. On Friday it is from 5 AM to 6.30 AM. Every day, free meals are also organized for devotees from 12.30 PM to 2.30 PM.

Reaching Chamundeshwari Temple

One can spot Chamundi Hills while travelling words Mysore. Located only 13 km away these hills can be reached easily via road. From Mysore as well as Nanjangud, it is connected via road. Tourists can either take bus or hire a taxi to the hills. There are regular Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses to the hills at interval of less than 20 minutes from Mysore. As Chamundi Hills have been declared as no plastic zone, tourists are not allowed to carry plastic bags.

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