Chamundi Hills, Mysore, Karnataka, India
Chamundi Hills is located in Mysore, Karnataka. Chamundeshwari temple is located on top of the Hill and the idol worshiped is called Chamundeswari, a form of Parvathi (Lord Shiva’s wife). Mysore was once ruled by demon Mahishasura. There is also a statue of demon Mahishasura with a sword in one hand and a cobra in the other on the hill. People of Mysore under Mahishasura’s tyranny prayed to the Goddess to save them from this demon. The demon is believed to be buffalo headed and was killed by Chamundeswari. The Goddess is also known as Mahishasura Mardini. There are 1000 steps that lead to the top of Chamundi Hills. The steps pass the huge statue of Nandi (the Bull). Nandi of Mysore is the 3rd largest Nandi in India. Nandi is the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Tiger is the vehicle of Goddess Parvathi.
How to get to Chamundi Hills
Chamundi Hills is about 16 kms from Mysore city. You can climb up the hill, go in your private vehicle or take a bus from Mysore city bus stand.
Entrance to the temple is free and pooja timings are as follows –
07:30 am – 02:00 pm
03:30 pm – 06:00 pm
07:30 pm – 09:00 pm
Chamundeswari is an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. Parvathi killed mighty demons Chanda and Munda. That’s how she got the name – Chamundeswari. Chamundeswari is also called Durga or Kali. All are Avatars of Goddess Parvathi.
The Hill gets its name from the Goddess Chamundeswari. One can enjoy a great view of the city from the top of the hills.
Mysore City is also known for Dussehra festival. The festival is celebrated for 9 days – it’s called Navarathri. Goddess Devi fights the demon Mahishasura for 9 nights and defeats him on the 10th day. That day in the Indian calendar is called Vijaya Dashami.
One of the main attractions in Mysore apart from Chamundi Hills is Mysore Palace. In the past, during Dussehra, the palace was decorated with lights and poojas carried out on Vijaya Dashami. There was a procession of the King on an Elephant, called Ambari on main streets of Mysore from the palace to Banni mantap. These days it is organized by the Government.