Chamundi Temple

One of the most popular Mysore Temples among the religiously inclined people of the state is the Chamundi Temple. The Chamundi Temple atop the Chamundi Hills is not only a mere religious shrine but its overall attraction has made it a great tourism spot.

According to historians, the Chamundi Temple was built during the 12th century. Once a small temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, the Chamundi Temple of Mysore has grown in size and glory with the contributions of the Maharajahs of Mysore.

The temple stands as an excellent example of Dravidian architectural style. The rectangular temple has a magnificently sculptured tower. The doorway of the temple has a small but lovely Ganesha statue. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamundi - an incarnation of Kali.

The Chamundi Temple has great historical importance attached to it.
The imposing statue of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in front of the main sanctum proves the importance of the temple among the royalties of the land. Krishnaraja gifted the temple with a wonderful wooden chariot, which is known as the Simha Vahana. The Vimana - a small tower can be seen on top of the main sanctum.

The Chamundi Temple in Mysore witnesses the maximum number of devotees, pilgrims and visitors during the Dasara Festival. The Rathotsava or the chariot festival is also an auspicious and famous festival of the area, which is celebrated in the temple with great fervor. The festival of Theppotsava is also observed in the Chamundi Temple.

Last Updated on 9/14/2011