Chamundeshwari Hill Temple in Karnataka, India

Chamundeshwari Hill 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, India. The temple is reached and accessed through a motor able road. Chamundeeswari is the deity of this temple. The Wodeyars of Mysore have made tremendous contributions to this shrine. The Chamundi Hill Temple in Mysore in India is basically the result of the massive renovation efforts that were carried out in the early nineteenth century. But the original shrine is much much older.

Maharaja Dodda Devaraja built a flight of one thousand steps in the year 1659 that leads up to the summit of the hill, which is actually at a height of about three thousand feet. It is said that Chamraja Wodeyar IV had worshiped in this famous Chamundi Hill Temple Mysore. He worshiped here in the year 1573 and he was miraculously saved from a lighting hit. After years, Krishnaraja III (late 18th century) had built and constructed the temple tower and presented the Nakshatramalika jewel with sanskrit verses inscribed on it. The Hoysala ruler Vishnu Vardhana of the 12th century and the Vijayanagar rulers of the 17th century were associated with the Chmundi Hill and the Chamundi Hill Temple, Karnataka.

The deity Chamundeeswari or Durga is the fierce form of Shakti who had vanquished and crushed the demon Mahishasuran. There is a colorful image of the demon situated on the summit of the hill at Chamundi Hill Temple Mysore, greeting the visitors.

The temple possesses lots of images of Nandi. The most famous is the colossal Nandi on the 800th step on the hill. This massive Nandi is over fifteen feet high and twenty four feet long. There are shrines dedicated to Shiva.

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