The Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore.Chamundi Hill is named after Goddess Chamundi who is believed to be the incarnation of Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. A large number of devotees from all over the country and even abroad visit the temple every year. Pilgrims strongly believe that the Goddess helps them to fulfill their needs. Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti, a tutelary deity is held in reverence for centuries by Mysore Maharajas. The Chamundeshwari Temple is considered as a Shakti Peetha and one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas. It is known as Krouncha Pitham as the region was known in Puranic times as Krouncha Puri.The Hair of Sati Devi is said to have fallen here, the Shakti is addressed as Chamundeshwari Devi.
The original shrine is thought to have been built in the 12th century by Hoysala rulers while its tower was probably built by the Vijayanagar rulers of the 17th century. In 1659, a flight of one thousand steps was built leading up to the 3000 foot summit of the hill. At the temple are several images of Nandi (the bull mount of Shiva). There is a huge granite Nandi on the 800th step on the hill in front of a small Shiva temple a short distance away. This Nandi is over 15 feet high, and 24 feet long and around its neck are exquisite bells. The temple has a seven storey tall Gopura decorated with intricate carvings. The deity of the goddess is said to be made of gold and the temple doors of silver.
The Chamundeshwari Temple is 13 km from Mysore Airport 13.2 km from Mysore Junction. from Chamundi Hill Bus Stand the temple is at walking distance (290m). KSRTC bus facilities are available every 20 minutes from Mysore city bus stand to Chamundi hill.
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