The Chamundeshwari Temple is a Hindu temple located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka in India. The temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti, a tutelary deity 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 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
It 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 origin of Shakti Peethas is associated with the mythology of Daksha Yaga and Sati’s self immolation.
Shakti Peethas are the divine seat of Shakti due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi when Lord Shiva carried it and wandered in sorrow. 51 Shakti Peeth are linking to the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit. Each temple has shrines for Shakti and Kalabhairava. The Hair of Sati Devi is said to have fallen here, the Shakti is addressed as Chamundeshwari Devi.
‘Skanda Purana’ and other ancient texts mention a sacred place called ‘Trimuta Kshetra’ surrounded by eight hills. Lying on the western side is the Chamundi Hills, one among the eight hills. In the earlier days, the Hill was identified as ‘Mahabaladri’ in honor of God Shiva who resides in the ‘Mahabaleswara Temple’. This is the oldest temple on the hills.
In the latter days, the hill came to be known as ‘Chamundi Hills’ in honor of the Goddess Chamundi, the chief subject of the ‘Devi Mahathme’.
Timings to Visit
7:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
6 a.m. to 7.30 a.m and 6 p.m to 7.30 p.m | Friday 5 a.m to 6.30 a.m.
Important Utsavs Celebrates at Temple
● Sri Chamundeswari Birthday Ashadakrishna saptami day
● Sri Chamundeswari Shainotsava Asvauja Krishna tritiya
● Sri Chamundeswari mudi utsava Asvauja Krishna Panchami day
● Sri Chamundeswari vasantotsava Chaitrapadya day
● Sri Chamundeswari Dasara Utsavas Asvauja Sukla Padya to Dasami day (9 days)
● Sri Chamundeswari Kritikotsava Kartika Poornima day
● Sri Chamundeswari Kotarotsava Pusyamasa 4 th day
● Sri Chamundeswari Rathotsava Asvayuja Poornima day (morning)
● Sri Chamundeswari Teppotsava Asvauja Krishna Dvitiya (Evening)
● Sri Mahabaleswara Rathotsava Palgunaksirhna sresti
● Uttanahalaii jwalamuki temple jatra Magamasa 3rd Sunday.
How To Reach
By Air: Bangalore – 160 km.
By Rail: Mysore railway station – 13 km. Buses and taxis ply regularly to the hills from here.
By Road: Mysore Bus Station – 13km, and Nanjangud – 25.2km.
Chamundeshwari Temple, Chamundi Hill Rd, Mysuru, Karnataka, 570010, India.
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