Situated atop Chamundi Hill, the popular Chamundi Devi temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamundi Devi which is yet another name for Goddess Durga. This goddess is known for her might and valor and is revered for killing the demon king Mahishasura, after a vicious battle. The entire hill is named “Chamundi Hill” to pay respects to her courage and victory. The temple was patronized by the rulers of Mysore who considered the Goddess as the guiding force behind all their acts.
It is believed that this temple was erected in 12th century by the rulers of the Hoysala dynasty and its inspiring tower was later added in the 17th century AD by the Vijaynagar royals. A major tourist attraction and a striking example of Dravidian architecture, this -storey tall temple is flush with intricate carvings and popular for its temple doors crafted in silver and the main idol made from pure gold.
After climbing 1,008 steps, you reach the tranquil precincts of the main complex of the Chamundi Devi temple. On the 800th step on the hill, you will also come upon a large Nandi bull statue, made from a huge chunk of black granite. Here, you can also pay your reverence at an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at a short distance away. A mammoth statue of the demon king, holding a cobra in one hand and a sword in another is another highlight of this sightseeing venue. Famous for its Teppotsava festival, the temple attracts huge crowds, across the year.
|Entry Fee||No Entry Fee|
|Timings||All days of the week 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM |
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|