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Chamundeshwari Temple – Pride of Mysuru

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ಅಯಿ ಗಿರಿನಂದಿನಿ ನಂದಿತಮೇದಿನಿ ವಿಶ್ವವಿನೋದಿನಿ ನಂದಿನುತೇ” – the divine song from the 2017 Malayalam movie “Solo” praising the cosmic mother “Chamundeshwari in Sanskrit, is a popular devotional song throughout India. The Mother Chamundi, whose name, when remembered, can instill “self-confidence” and “fearlessness” in us, is an avatar of the goddess Durga. The very uttering of her name with devotion can wash off all our sins, such is the power of this deity.  The temple dedicated to the goddess Chamundi is just outside Mysuru. 

Chamundeshwari Temple

The Chamundeshwari temple, atop Chamundi hills, is considered one of the 18 Shakti Peethas. It is known as Krouncha Pitha as the Mysuru region was known as Krouncha Puri during Puranic times. 

The temple is a popular tourist destination and a revered pilgrimage site for Sanatanis. 

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The hill is approximately 3,489 feet (1,063 meters) high and is named after the goddess Chamundeshwari. She is believed to have defeated the demon Mahishasura at this very spot. The temple, which is believed to be over 1,000 years old, is one of the oldest and most important temples in the region and is visited by millions of devotees every year.

Climbing the hill through steps can be a pure Josh

The temple can be reached by climbing 1,008 steps or by taking a winding road leading to the top. The climb can be arduous, but the views from the top are well worth the effort. From the top of the hill, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Mysuru and its surroundings.

Breathtaking Architecture

The Chamundeshwari Temple is renowned for its architecture, which is a blend of Dravidian and Hoysala styles. The temple’s gopuram (tower) is one of its most striking features and is adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. The temple’s sanctum sanctorum houses the idol of the goddess Chamundeshwari, which is believed to be made of gold.

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Nandi Statue

Nandi the divine vehicle of Lord Shiva

Apart from the temple, Chamundi Hill is also home to several other attractions, including the Nandi statue, which is the largest monolithic statue of the sacred bull Nandi in the world. The statue, which is over 15 feet (4.6 meters) tall and 24 feet (7.3 meters) long, is carved out of a single block of granite.

Chamundi Hill Bull

Another popular attraction on the hill is the Chamundi Hill Bull, which is believed to be a guardian of the temple. The statue, which is over 8 feet (2.4 meters) tall and 16 feet (4.9 meters) long, is also carved out of a single block of granite.

Other temples in the vicinity 

Chamundi Hill is also home to several other temples, including the Mahabaleshwara Temple, the Lakshminarasimha Temple, and the Bhuvaneshwari Temple. The hill is surrounded by dense forests, which are home to several species of flora and fauna, including monkeys, deer, and wild boars.

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In conclusion, Chamundi Hill and the Chamundeshwari Temple are important religious sites and cultural and historical landmarks in the city of Mysore. The hill’s natural beauty and rich cultural and religious heritage make it a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to this part of India.

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