temple is as famous as the Dussera of
atop Chamundi Hills, the Chamundeswari Temple
was built in the honour of Goddess Chamundi. The goddess is the family deity of
the Mysore Maharajas who added sections to the temple and made it what it is
today. The original structure of the temple dates back to the 12th
century, while its tower is nearly 300 years old
temples in Karnataka, this temple features a seven storey Gopuram richly engraved.
The golden idol of the Goddess is the main charm and attraction of this temple,
while the silver-plated doorway adds to the richness. The shrine is richly
decorated with intricate carvings and extraordinary statues. The artworks and
sculptures of this temple lend it an elegant charm and unique grace. There is a
gorgeous gem called nakshatra malike which has Sanskrit mantras engraved
A 16 foot
colourful statue of the demon Mahishasura near the temple is an attractive
feature. This is because Mahishasura was slain by Goddess Chamundeshwari to
protect the areas from his atrocities. Therfore the name Chamundi also
signifies the angry mood of the Goddess.
of the sanctum sanctorum is a small tower or Vimana that can be seen from
outside the temple. During the 10 day Dussera festival
special prayers are offered to the Goddess. The Vedas are chanted in the temple
and various music performances are held here. After Dussera, on the auspicious Ashwayuja Pournime, a Rathotsava or car
festival is conducted during the Jathra or annual festival on top of the hill.
This is followed by Theppotsava (floating festival) that is held in the night.
All these festivities attract devotees by the thousands.
temple is approximately 13kms from Mysore
city and can be reached by road. While Tuesdays and Fridays are considered to
be auspicious to visit the temple, the best time of the year to pay a visit to
the Goddess is during Dussera amidst the pomp and splendour of the 10 day
festivities in and around Mysore.