A beautiful image of Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple
A beautiful image of Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple

Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple is situated on the top of Chamundi hills, Mysore, state of Karnataka and also one of the Adi Shakti Pitha temples. Goddess Chamundeshwari, the fierce form of Goddess Shakti. Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple is known as Krouncha Pitham as the region was known in Puranic times as Krouncha Puri. The Shakti Pitha is a place of worship to goddess Shakti also called goddess Sati, the main deity. Goddess Sati is the embodiment of Goddess Shakti, goddess of harmony and Goddess Durga, goddess of strength.

It is said that the four major Shakti Pithas are created from the limbs of Goddess Sati‘s corpse. Apart from the following four Shakti Pithas, there are 52 other famous Pithas found from the religious books. Chamundeshwari Temple is believed to be built by the Hoysala rulers in the 12th century and was later contributed by other dynasties.

A nearby view of Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple Tower
A nearby view of Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple Tower

Specialty

The presiding deity of this Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple is Goddess Chamundeshwari also called as Goddess Durga, made of gold. The temple houses the Nandhi, made of granite which is 15 feet high and 24 feet long, which are covered with beautiful bells around its neck. There are several images of Nandhi, the bull mount of Lord Shiva are found in this temple.

The mythology says that Lord Shiva had a dance of destruction (Rudra Tandava) carrying half burnt body of goddess Sati after goddess Sati’s self-immolation. To stop the dance of destruction performed by Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu threw His Chakra (Sudharshan Chakra) on Goddess Sati’s body which dismembered Her body into 52 parts. The body part or ornament of Goddess Shakti that fell to the earth, is the place where the Adi Shakti temples are built. And it is believed that the hair of Goddess Shakti is said to have fallen hear, where the Chamundeshwari Temple stands now.

A closeup view of Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple Tower
A closeup view of Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple Tower

Pooja Timings

  • Morning 7.30 am to 2.00 pm
  • Evening 3.30 pm to 6.00 pm
  • Night 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm

Festival

Annual festival is conducted for 10 days during January or February

By Road

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and other private agencies operate buses both within the city and to all the major cities.


By Train

Mysore railway station has three lines, connecting it to Bengaluru, Hassan and Chamarajanagar.


By Air

Mysore Airport provide Spice Jet operated flights from Mysore Airport to Chennai via Bengaluru

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