Chamundeswari Temple, Mysore
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Chamundeswari Temple

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85 Ratings & 67 Reviews

About Chamundeswari Temple

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM

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  • Good 11
  • Average 3
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
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Pradeep Ramachandran

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  • Pradeep Ramachandran
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 287 photos
  • 98 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
  •  14121 readers

"A good temple"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Must visit this temple if travelling to Mysore. Have to go early morning else may face huge queue in temple and take hours to get darshan. It was built fully by hard rock. Small shopping center is available outside the temple.
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Sitara Anand

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  • Sitara Anand
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 1 Review
  •  34 readers

"Visit this temple for the blessings of goddess"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The temple is located on top of the hill, although we can reach the Temple by car, there are restrictions for movement of the vehicle closer to the temple. As such, the vehicle has to be parked in a place a bit far from the temple. Besides, there will be Que for the pilgrims and hence it takes quite some time to complete the visit. Temple takes a break and opens again at 19:00, the temple begins with the huge statue of Mahishasura, the temple is not usually crowded during morning hours. Visit this temple for the blessings of goddess.
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Indrajit ray

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  • Indrajit ray
  • 6 Reviews
  •  321 readers

"Good temple above Chamundeswari Hill"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Good temple to visit. It is atop Chamundeswari hills just at the outskirt of Mysuru. Very hot and piercing sun during March. But wirth visiting. Surely take the ladoos made by the teple (similar to that of Tirupati). It's good and they make fresh ladoos everyday. Even if you are pious, you can take it as a good sweet.
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Ruta Muley

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  • Ruta Muley
  • 10 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  26603 readers

"A devotional visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Goddess Chamundeshwari, a fiercely destructive manifestation of the universal feminine energy, is worshipped as the custodian of Mysore and is also the tutelary deity of the Maharajas of Mysore: the Wodeyars. This mesmerizingly beautiful Sri Chamundeshwari Temple is situated as a glorious crown atop the crest of the towering Chamundi Hills some 13 kilometers from the charming city of Mysore. As one gently walks towards the main entrance of the Devi Chamundeshwari temple, one is greeted with the chants of the Mahishasura Mardini Stotram, which glorifies the victory of Goddess Chamundeshwari, the slayer of demon Mahishasura.

Locals here narrate legends that Mahishasura stayed atop these very hills. The slaying of the demon after an intense nine day war which is recreated through Navratri, results in the hillock gaining its name.

This Temple is venerated a one of the Shakti Peeth, having its deep roots in hindu mythology. In the Puranas, the Shakti Peethas are described as places where the body parts of Sati's corpse fell when enraged and unnervingly grief-struck Lord Shiva began Tandav Nritya┬Ł across the earth holding Goddess Sati's lifeless body in one arm and his frightening trident in the other hand, in sorrow after her immolation in the sacrificial fire of her father Daksha's yagna. Sati's hair are said to have fallen at Chamundi Hills.

Originally built as a small shrine by the Hoysala rulers in the early 12th century, the Chamundi Temple assumed religious prominence when Yaduraya Wodeyar came to rule Mysore in 1399. Having been anointed as the family deity of the Mysore Royal Family, the temple has witnessed a surge of devotees and worshippers. The marvelous sunshine-yellow shrine is not just an excellent epitome of the hundreds of fanatically worshiped and patronized religious heritage sites scattered throughout the country, but is also a fascinatingly detailed study of the assimilation of several exhilarating mythological tales and mythical folk tales into religious and sculptural art as well as the evolution of architectural features chronologically appended to numerous edifices by the historical dynasties that lorded over the beautifully-endowed state of Karnataka.

The temple has been built in a quadrangular manner. It consists of the main doorway and an entrance that has been christened as the Navaranga Hall, the Anthrala Mandapa, the sanctum and the Prakara. In the Anthrala Mandapa are the images of Lord Ganesha on the left and Bhairava on the right. To the left of Ganesha is a six foot tall statue of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar-III. In the sanctum, is the main stone statue of Goddess Mahishasura Mardini having eight hands.

The bus/car ride to the apex of the hill does offer some pretty thrilling, greenery-enthused scenes overlooking the entire landscape of Mysore; moreover the 1, 000 meter ascent through the curving snaking road at considerable speeds does leave one breathless and apprehensive about toppling down the hill side definitely reason enough to prefer a bus ride over trekking the 1, 000 steps leading to the summit. With an uneven path and steep steps for the first 650 steps, one is rewarded the spectacular darshan of 5 meter tall, 7. 5 meter long ornately carved, devotedly deified, monolithic granite sculpture of the Bull Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva.

The breath-taking aerial view of the city up the Chamundi Hill makes the visit worth.
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Mayuri Kubal

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  • Mayuri Kubal
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 22 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  2195 readers

"Remarkable architecture of the temple"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 7, 2016
The temple is one of its kind with the superb carving and architecture. It takes time to reach there as it is situated on a hill. Then there is waiting in queue, when I visited with my friends we had to wait for around 20 mins or so. There are many stuff to buy outside the temple but unique one is an idol of Ganapati made with pulses.
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Himanshu Paliwal

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  • Himanshu Paliwal
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
  •  88 readers

"Beautiful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 2, 2016
This place is around 10kms from Mysore town. Situated on hill top. Roads are beautiful. If you are a rider you will love it. There is a right turn from view point which goes towards a Nandi/Shiv temple. Don't go there when entering hills. Visit that place after visiting Chamundi temple.
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Subhojit Panda

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  • Subhojit Panda
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 11 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  800 readers

"Good place for Darshan but quite time-taking"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2016
It is would be a great experience to take the blessings of Chamundi Mata but one has to stand in a long queue that might take 2-3 hours before entering the main temple premises. Carry umbrellas and water bottles with you.

There are two queues. One for the free darshan and another for paid devotees. It is advisable to go for the paid queue. Perhaps it takes Rs 30 for each entry for the paid queue.

Take care of your belongings while standing in the queue as the queue remains over-crowded most of the time.

The journey up to the temple is a nice experience as the temple is situation at the Chamundi Hills. So one will get a chance to have a look at the whole city while going to the temple.

Don't forget to take snaps while returning back from the temple.
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Murali Krishna

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  • Murali Krishna
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  79 readers

"Totally awesome"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 25, 2015
Myself and my friends visited the temple. We had a great experience there. Maintenance was pretty good. Since it is situated on hill top it adds some more beauty to it. Also, it is worth to have a visit with family.
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anngr

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  • anngr
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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 89 photos
  • 128 Reviews
  •  452 helpful votes
  •  65213 readers

"Hill with a view"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 19, 2015
The temple is so divine on top, this can be assessed both by steps and vehicles. A little few 50 steps down from the top we have a cave temple, Bull Temple. We're you can even shop for stone lamps, stone statues that are souvenirs of this place.
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Ajay Teja reddy

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  • Ajay Teja reddy
  • Lives in Siddipet
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  244 readers

"Nice place to see"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 5, 2015
It is a about 12 km from Mysore City Bus station. Great place to see in India. It is one of the worth seeing place. It has great sculpture and idols. I enjoyed that great day.
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