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Here is where the city was name Mysore.

Review of Chamundi Hills, Mysore

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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130 traveller reviews for Chamundi Hills

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Sunil Chaurasia

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  • Sunil Chaurasia
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 45 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  140 helpful votes
  •  40660 readers

"Here is where the city was name Mysore."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2016
The Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from Mysore. The temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti. The Chamundeshwari Temple is considered as a Shakti Peetha and one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas. At the temple are several images of Nandi (the bull mount of Shiva). There is a huge granite Nandi with huge bell around his neck.
There is also a statue of Mahisasura which attracts tourists and one thing I liked was the hill road was well maintained with sidegrills. And also the place was a bit cold compared to the city, with wind continuously blowing.
About the temple, with the Dravidian architecture and yellowish colouring, it looks great during the Dusk time. Also one can see the city view, as it has many viewpoints,
It was here how this city was named Mysore. Mysore was ruled by the demonising Mahishasura, he was a bullheaded monster. Hence, came the name of this place - Mahishuru, the city of demon Mahisha. The demon was killed by the Goddess Chamundeshwari, whose temple is situated atop the Chamundi Hills. Mahishuru later became Mahisuru and finally came to be called Maisuru, its present name in the Kannada language. The anglicised form of the name is Mysore.
No entry fee, enjoy the hill and if someone is religious he/she will also love the ambience out there.
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Sri Krishna khandelwal

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  • Sri Krishna khandelwal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 27 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  11262 readers

"Must visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 6, 2016
One has to walk a lot so can be tricky for elders. It's about 15 Km from city and the roads are curved so drivers have to be cautious while driving. Frequent buses are there from city bus stop so commuting will not be an issue.
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Sahana Sullia

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  • Sahana Sullia
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  • 24 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  101998 readers

"Joyful ride to top of the city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 29, 2016
Criss cross ghat roads which take you to the top of this hill and city where the erstwhile royal kingdom's prominent temple lies from centuries. Ride s great in its scenic beauty, nature. Blissful. Whole Mysore city and also palace's visible, enroute to the hill and from top. Sunrise, sunset, night. View diff shade of city.
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S Pandya

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  • S Pandya
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Very Spiritual"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 24, 2016
Very nice deity, very well-decorated; prasadam is very good and dry for carrying home with you to distribute to your friends and family; and relaxed on an average day - avoid rush days like Navratri, Fridays - when it could be crowded.
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Pradeep Ramachandran

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  • Pradeep Ramachandran
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Must watch"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 1, 2016
One of the old temple in the karnataka. Basically this temple belongs to mysore maharaja. Super panoramic view from chamundi hill and many view points while going to this temple. We can see entire mysore from this hill. We have to go early morning to avoid rush.
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About Chamundi Hills

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Chamundi Hills, one of the prime attractions of Mysore, is also an acclaimed landmark of the destination. Chamundi Hills is located at an altitude of 1065 meters above sea level, to the south-east of Mysore city.  

The Chamundeshwari Temple, atop Chamundi Hills, is the temple of the patron Goddess of Wodeyars, Chamundeshwari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. This temple can be dated back to the 11th century. The temple was renovated in the year 1827 by the Kings of Mysore.

There is a statue of demon king Mahishasura in front of Chamundeshwari Temple. It is believed that the name Mysore was derived from Mahishooru (the city of Mahishasura), which later became ‘Mysooru’ or ‘Mysore’.

There is a huge monolith idol of Nandi – the bull, at the Bull Temple, which is situated half way up the Chamundi Hills. The statue of Nandi, which is about 5 meter high, was carved out of single black-granite in the year 1659. The Nandi at this Bull Temple is one among the largest statues of Nandi in India.  

There are also minor shrines on the way which are dedicated to Chamundeshwari and Hanuman. Tourists also enjoy the panoramic view of Mysore from the summit of Chamundi Hills.

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