Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess

The place which I wanted to visit the most during my Mysore trip, other than Mysore Palace is the Chamundeshwari Temple. This 1000 years archaic Hindu Temple is situated at the hilltop of Chamundi Hills at an elevation of 3489 ft.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Chamundeshwari Temple


This temple is dedicated to the Chamundi Devi or Chamundeshwari Devi, the furious form of Deity Parvati and is Mysore’s presiding deity and the guardian deity of the Mysore Royals. This Shakti Peeth is one amongst the 51 Shakti Peeths in India and is renowned among the visitors globally.


How to Reach Chamundeshwari Temple

Located 12 kms away from Mysore City, this temple can be reached either by private car/rented cabs or by KSRTC buses which run from KSRTC bus stand Mysore to Chamundi hills bus stand after every 10 minutes. The deluxe buses charge 50 bucks per person and the regular buses charge 36 bucks per person.

Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Chamundeshwari Temple Bus Stand

I booked an Ola Cab for a round trip and it took only 25 minutes to reach Chamundeshwari Temple and it cost 510 bucks to me.
One more option to reach this temple is by climbing approximately 1000 Chamundi hills steps, which is obviously for fit souls only. The Chamundi hills road are good for driving.

Chamundeshwari Temple History

This 1000 years archaic temple is situated on a hill called Chamundi Hills Mysore is bordered by 7 other hills. The Chamundeshwari temple has a mention in the ancient Hindu text called ‘Skanda Purana’ and is also mentioned in many other holy Hindu texts. In these texts, this location is mentioned as ‘Trimuta Kshetra’, a holy place, which is bordered by eight hills. This Chamundi Hills is one of those eight hills and is located on the western direction.

In ancient times, this was an ordinary temple known by very few devotees. But after the year 1399, when the Wodeyar Royals started ruling the Mysore Dynasty, this temple became popular. The Wodeyars were the great worshippers of Chamundeshwari Devi and they declared the deity as their presiding deity. In this way, this temple got recognition worldwide.

Chamundeshwari Temple Architecture

This striking Chamundeshwari Temple Mysore is set up in Dravidian-Style architecture and is constructed in four cornered shape. This temple comprises Doorway, Entrance Hall, Navranga Mantapa, Antharala Mantapa, Sanctum-Sanctorum and the Prakara. On the entrance, a seven-tiered tower called ‘Gopura’ in pyramid shape is there and a tiny tower called ‘Vimana’ is there at the top of the Sanctum-Sanctorum. On the summit of the Gopura 7 golden kalash are there.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Vehicles Gifted by the Royals to the Temple


Some parts of the temple were renovated by the King Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in the year 1827 and during that time he constructed the Chamundeshwari Temple Gopura at the entrance. The King offered a lion shaped vehicle (Simha Vimana) and many other animal shaped vehicles to this temple. Nowadays, these vehicles are used for the procession of the deity in the premises of the temple during special occasions like Dusshera.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Vimana Used for Procession During Dussehra


Chamundeshwari Devi Darshan Procedure

After reaching the temple, you will get the car parking area, which charges only 50 bucks per car. On the way, you will get many small stalls and shops where you can buy pooja items and flower garlands for the deity.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Pooja Item Stalls Outside the Temple


Before standing on the queue, I had to keep my shoes in a stall where they charged on 10 bucks.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Keep Your Shoes Here


There are two ways for Darshan:

1. Direct darshan for which you have to pay 100 bucks per person.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Direct Darshan Entrance


2. The other way is free darshan for which you do not have to pay anything but have to stand on a queue.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Free Darshan Queue


The temple usually remains less crowded as it is far away from the city but on Tuesdays you will witness huge crowd in morning time. Coincidentally, I visited this temple on Tuesday. I decided to stand on the queue like most of the other devotees for darshan. It took 15 minutes for me to reach the main sanctum.

Before getting into the main sanctum (Garv Graha), on the top of the doorway, there is an idol of Lord Ganesha engraved on the wall. After that I noticed a silver plated door with amazingly beautiful idols of Gods & Goddesses engraved on it.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Silver Plated Door


On both sides of the door there are idols of door keepers (Dwarpalikas) engraved on Stones. On the doorway, there is a counter where you can offer silk saris for the deity and take coupons.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Door Keepers on both side of the Door

After some more steps, there is a flagpole, a small idol of Nandi Bull whose face is towards the main sanctum and then I noticed the footprints of Chamundeshwari Devi. After crossing all these, there is a door. On both sides of this door, black stone idol of Devi Nandini (left) and Devi Kamalini (right) is there which are called ‘Dikpalakas’. On crossing this door, you can see the glorified idol of Chamundeshwari Devi inside the main sanctum.

No one except the priests is allowed to enter the main sanctum. The area where all the devotees stand to get blessings from the deity is called ‘Antharala Mantapa’. On the right side of the Antharala Mantapa there is an idol of Lord Bhairava and on left an idol of Lord Ganesh. Near the Ganesha idol, there is a 6 ft idol of King Krishnaraja Wodeyar III wearing his traditional attire with hands folded. There I also noticed the idols of 3 wives of the King namely, Krishnavilasa, Ramavilasa and Laxmivilasa. It is easy to identify them as their names are written below their idols.

Inside the main sanctum the Astha-Bhuja (eight handed) silver plated stone idol of the Chamundeshwari Devi is easily visible and just prior to that the devotees are allowed to stand for just 15-20 seconds for seeking blessings from the deity. The idol of Chamundeshwari Devi is in a seating posture and it is believed that this idol is very ancient as it was made by Rishi Markandeya. This idol is adorned with precious ornaments gifted by the Royals to their guardian deity and also embellished with fresh flowers and is worshipped by the priests every day.

You can offer coconuts, flowers and others fruits to Chamundehwari Devi. After coming out of the Antharala Mantapa, on the way to the exit, there is a silver plated idol of the Deity Hanuman.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Silver Plated Hanuman Idol

While heading towards the main gate, on the left direction, there is a silver plated idol of Lord Ganesha.

Behind the sanctum area called ‘Prakara’ there are also a few idols of other deities, which are also worshipped every day.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Prakara Area


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Idols worshipped in Prakara




#Pro Tip: After crossing the silver plated door, photography & videography is strictly restricted. So, take pictures at your own risk.


Chamundeshwari Temple as located on a hilltop is surrounded by greenery and is a ‘No Plastic Zone’. From the Chamundeshwari Temple hilltop you will get a breathtaking wide view of the Mysore city. The Mysore Palace, St. Philomena’s Church etc. are also visible from this point. Unfortunately, I visited this temple on a rainy day so; I was unable to click some clear pictures of the countryside.

Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Countryside View from the Peak


#Pro Tip: Do not bring carry bags of plastic or plastic water bottles with you. Try to keep the premises clean.

Shopping

You will get many small shops and stalls for buying souvenirs for your loved ones. Shops of jewellery, wooden stuffs, handicrafts, multigrain idols of Lord Ganesh, Churan etc. are there.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Handicraft Shop

Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Churan Stalls



There are refreshment shops also where you can get some tea/coffee or fruit juices. Fresh fruit stalls are also there. You will also get a restaurant inside the temple premise.

Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Refreshment Shop

Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Restaurant in Temple Premise


Annaprasadam

After Darshan you can go to the Annaprasadam Hall for taking prasadam called ‘Dasoha’ which is free of cost for all. In Prasadam you will get sweet, rice, sambhar and curd rice. You can also donate for the Annaprasadam.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Annaprasadan Queue

Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Annaprasadam Hall



Things You Should Know Before Visit to Chamundeshwari Temple

1. The Chamundeshwari Temple remains closed from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

2. Two wheeler/four wheeler parking facility is available inside the temple premise.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Parking Area


3. Washroom and Bathing facilities are available inside the premise.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Washroom inside Temple Premise


4. Guest rooms and Marriage Halls are available for the devotees which they can also book online.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Annaprasadam/Marriage Hall

Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Guest House



5. Drinking water counters are available for the devotees.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Drinking Water for Devotees


6. Beware of Monkeys. Use your purse, camera & mobile carefully.

7. First-aid unit is also there.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Chamundeshwari Temple


8. There is a Godly Museum outside the temple premise where you can spend some time.


Chamundeshwari Temple - The Abode of the Mysore Goddess, chamundeshwari temple
Godly Museum


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