Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple is the official Naada deity of Karnataka. Chamundeshwari Temple is located on Chamundi Hill near Mysore, which is 1074 meters above sea level.
Sri Chamundeshwari a deity of mythological background and is the main deity of ‘Devi Mahatme’ mythology. It described in the story ‘Devi Mahatme’ that this goddess of mythological background killed Mahishasura who lived on a hill. This hill got the name Chamundibetta from Sri Chamundeshwari. The Skanda Purana and other ancient scriptures refer to a sacred field called Trimukuta Kshetra surrounded by eight hills. Chamundibetta on the western side one of the eight hills. Sri Mahabaleshwar Temple at Chamundibetta the oldest. Earlier the hill also known as Mahabaladri.
It known that there was a small temple in the past, which gradually developed and gained more importance and developed into a large temple called Sri Chamundeshwari Temple. The Mysore kings who came to power in 1799 were devotees of this goddess and developed the temple with devotion and made it a huge temple. And brought more importance.
The historical background of Chamundibetta has the contribution of the Hoysala, Vijayanagara, and Mysore kings. The background of the 12th century Hoysala ruler Vishnuvardhana and the 17th century Vijayanagara kings traced. AD History says that in 1573 Chamaraja Wodeya going to worship the goddess when he struck by lightning and all the hair on his head fell off.
Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple built in a square shape. Built-in the Dravidian style, the temple has a gateway, entrance, navaranga, antarala, garbhagriha, and prakaras. There is a beautiful `Gopura’ over the Mahadwara and a ‘Vimana’ shikhara over the sanctum sanctorum. The seven-storied tower built in the 19th century and is pyramidal in shape in the Dravidian style. There are seven gold-plated urns on the summit.
In the sanctum sanctorum is the idol of Mahishamardhinia Chamundeshwari. Chamundeshwari, who has eight shoulders, seated here. This idol is very ancient. Local legend says that this stone idol erected by the sages of Markhande. In 1827, Mummadi Krishnaraja Odey restored the temple, which dates back a thousand years, and built this huge tower on the Mahadwara. Donated one ‘Shimhavahana’ made of wood. The ‘Simha Vahana’ used on the occasion of Rathotsava in which the chariot drawn with the festival idol of the Goddess. A small idol of Ganapati seen at the top of the gate. The huge wooden door of the gate covered with silver plate and many forms of Goddess shown on the silver door. On the lower side of the Mahadwara are the idols of Indradi Ashtadikpalaka.
A small idol of Lord Ganesha installed on the right side facing south when entering from the Mahadwara. Bow down to Vighnaraja and climb some stone steps to find the temple altar and flagpole. The feet of the goddess depicted on the altar. In front of both of them, there is a small Nandi idol facing the sanctum sanctorum. It is sitting watching Mother Chamundi. There an idol of Anjaneya on the wall to the northeast of the flag pole, which also worshiped regularly. At the entrance, there idols of gatekeepers Nandini and Kamalini on the left and right sides of the gate.
Mahishasura Statue: A colorful Mahishasura statue holding a snake and a sword welcome the visitor to Chamundi Hill. Goddess Durga also known as Mahishasura Mardini because Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura who was tormenting people.
Nandi Statue: On the way to Chamundi Hill, one can see a large monolithic statue of Nandi, 15 feet tall, 25 feet wide, with ornaments carved around the neck. The Nandi statue is white in color but appears black due to the concentration of oil.
On the left side of the atarala in front of the sanctum sanctorum is a cute Ganapadathi idol and on the right side is the idol of Lord Bhairava. On the left side of Lord Bhairava is a beautiful Utsava idol of Panchaloha of Chamundi. Right side of Lord Ganapati, there a six feet tall beautiful devotee idol of Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeya dressed as a devotee. The Maharaja with his three wives stands hand in hand with the Goddess. Standing on the left side of the Maharaja are Queens Ramavilasa, Lakshmivilasa, and Krishnavilasa. Their names engraved on the pedestals near the feet of their stone idols.
The Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple priests decorate and worship the stone idol of the mother form every day. The Maharajas of Mysore have devoted many precious and rare gifts to Sri Chamundeshwari, who has grown up as the deity of Yadukula. Human and animal sacrifices offered to this Shakti deity in the past. But it came to an end in the 18th century. Even now, fruit and flower offerings are done only.
At the top of the sanctum sanctorum is another small tower. The ‘vimana’ can be seen from outside the temple. There are many small idols in the prakara on the inner side, where also puja punaskaras are performed. One can have a darshan of Sri Anjaneyaswamy while leaving the temple after circumambulating the Prakara.
How to reach Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple
Chamundeshwari Temple is 12 km from Mysore and 154 km from Bangalore. Mysore is the nearest airport and railway station. Mysore is well connected by air, rail, and road network. Buses are available to reach Chamundi Hill from Mysore. Taxis can also be hired from Mysore. Chamundeshwari temple can also be reached by climbing a thousand steps from the foot of the hill.
Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple Timing
7:30am–2pm, 3:30–6pm, 7:30–9pm
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