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Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Any temple that is in service is extremely crowded and has long lines. I would rather go see places such as Hampi, Halebid, Belur, Somanathpur etc...

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Chamundi Hill is a great place to drive to and visit. The drive has many scenic views. Try to go while Mysore Palace has lights at night. Visit Nandi the Bull on the way up/down. Beautiful sculpture that is also has lights at night. At the top of Chamundi there are many tea vendors, food vendors and merchandise vendors. Parking can be a bit hectic during a holiday when many people visit. The main temple is beautiful and there can be long lines. There is a much smaller temple that I actually prefer that I always go to that is also at the top of the hill. You can also climb to the top via steps if you prefer. I love taking the drive from Mysore to Chamundi. It gets you out of the city and into a nice perspective of Mysore from above.

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Very busy place, lots of hawkers and peddlers. Can get a good view of Mysore town from hill top.
More of a tourist attraction than religious destination now. Well connected to the city through public buses.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We visited at a weekend, and if was very busy. There are lots of stairs to climb from the car park, to the temple. The views were a bit hazy, but the general life going on round the temple was fascinating. We also stopped at the statue of Nandi (Shivas bull) on the way back down from the temple. It is worth a look.

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Shri Chamundeshwari Temple is the religious attraction Mysore city in India. It is located on the top of hill as such the hill is identified as Chamundeshwari hill. It is near the city at a distance of about 13 km from the city of Mysore. Shri Chamundeshwari Temple is a Shakti Peeta which is one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peetas. Probably because of its aerial view it was called Krouncha (bird) peetam in ancient times.
Hoysala rulers is said to have first built the original temple during the 12th century. The tower was built by the Vijayanagar kings in the 17th century. During the period of 1659, a flight of one thousand steps was constructed to temple which is at height of 3000 foot summit of the hill. You can see several idols inside the temple apart from the main deity, Mother goddess Shri Chamundi. While going on the steps you will sees big size Bull idol made up in a single rock. It is huge granite Nandi on the 800th step on the hill in front of a small Shiva temple. This Nandi is over 15 feet high, and 24 feet long and around its neck are exquisite bells. It has stretched its left leg making a small passage wherein devotees pass through with reverence. It is their belief that their desires will be fulfilled by doing so.
There is a seven storey tall Gopura decorated with intricate carvings in front of the temple. The main deity of Shri Chamundi is made by the combination of pancha loha means five metals mainly gold. The temple doors are made in silver. There is big size statue Mahishasura, the demon king in the temple precincts. It is decorated with gorgeous robes and weapons. It has been an item attraction on the hill top.
According to legendary story Mahishuru (Mysore) was ruled by a demon king Mahishasura. He was very cruel. He got a boon from Lord Brahma that he should not be killed by any masculine being. He captured Amaravathi the capital of Devas by defeating Lord Indra the king of Devas. In order to kill the demon all the gods put forth their respective powers in Goddess Parvathi and made her more powerful than Mahishasura. She assumed the form of Chamundi with 18 arms and weapons. She was carried by her vehicle the lion. She killed Mahishasura in the battle. Thereafter she was called Mahishasura mardhini means killer of Mahishasura. She settled on the hill top on the request of the devotees and Devas to grace the devotees who come there seeking help from Her. It is strongly believed that She has been fulfilling the aspired desires of the devotees who seek her grace. Shri Chamundeshwari is the royal family deity of Mysore maharajas from generations.
Dassera is the state annual festival in Karnataka which is celebrated during September. It is a world famous festival attracting thousands of foreigners on the occasion in addition to the millions of Indian visitors. On the occasion of this Dussera festival, which is celebrated as a mark of victory of good over evil, the golden idol of goddess Chamundi will be taken in Ambhary carried by the trained elephant from Mysore palace to Banni mantap.
You can walk through the 1000 steps. But to be on safer side walk in a group to avoid being attacked by forest animals or elephants. There are leopards in the bushes of Chamundi Hill .There is road leading to hill top from the city, Which is safer than taking risk on claiming the 1000 steps. However certain devotees do use the steps only. For instance the Maharaja of Mysore used to claim these steps once in a year during annual festivities.
The Chamundi Hill is important not only from a religious point of view but also from tourist point.

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