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Chamundeshwari Temple, Chamundi Hill, Mysuru, Karnataka 570010
Dedicated to
Aadi Shakti

Deity Posture

Architecture Style

Creator

The Rulers of the Hoysala Dynasty

Completed on

12th century

About Mysore Chamundeshvari

Shaktipītha, literally meaning – the seat of power, in Indian subcontinent stand testament to the essence of this civilization, the civilization which put mother over God, this civilization where the mortal remains of a woman have been enshrined for ages, to remind every woman that within her lies a goddess too. The Shaktipīthas take us to a time that is beyond our comprehension; on the walls of each shaktipītha temple stories from every age are etched; and on its sacred earth sādhakas fulfill their Sādhanā till date.  Shaktipīthas unify our country and diversify our culture. They’ve contributed immensely to the society that has bloomed around them and the propagation and perpetuation of different branches of philosophy within Hinduism. Shāktism has subsequently, through these Shaktipīthas, contributed immensely to the emancipation and upliftment of women.

 Legend:

According to Hindu Purānas, the 51 Shaktipīthas were consecrated around the mortal remains of Sati, Shiva’s wife. According to oral traditions and written lore, Sati was the daughter of Daksha Prajāpati, who considered Shiva his rival. Sati being an incarnation of Ādi Shakti, despite Her father’s disagreement, married Shiva. To spite Shiva, Daksha organized a grand yajña, and invited all devatas, Brahma, Vishnu and other celestial beings, deliberately leaving out the invitations to His daughter and Shiva.  Sati, being wilful and affectionate of Her father, insisted on attending the yajña, despite Shiva’s urging to not go. The result, as anticipated, was disastrous: Daksha Prajāpati, drunk on his arrogance, humiliated Sati in front of all present, by viciously insulting Shiva and disowning Sati. Sati’s indignant and enraged response to this grave offence was the sacrifice of Her own mortal coil by self immolating through Her yogic powers; what followed was the unleashing of Mahādeva’s rage: a dance of terror which spared none in its path.  Shiva danced the terrible tandav, holding Sati’s charred body in his arms, which caused great cosmic chaos and forced Vishnu to intervene by blowing a discus into her body, and severing it into 51 pieces. Wherever a part of her body fell, the land became blessed and sacred. And Shiva retreated into the icy caves of his abode, awaiting the return of his beloved. The yoni (female genital) of Sati, fell at Kamarūpa – where on the very same spot stands the sacred shrine of Kāmakhyā.

 History:

The original temple is believed to have been built by the mighty Hoyasala dynasty, famed for their exquisite stone sculptures & awe-inspiring temples throughout Karnataka. The temple complex was further expanded by the Vijayanagara dynasty whose capital was at Hampi – one of the richest city during its peak period. The temple and its presiding deity – Chāmundeshvari, are the tutelary sites of the Mysuru kings & Wodeyar dynasty. The temple & surrounding area was known as Krouncha Pītha in ancient times as mentioned in several Purānas.

Architecture of Mysore Chamundeshvari

The temple has a quadrangular infrastructure. It is built in Dravidian style, it consists of the Main Doorway, Entrance, Navaranga Hall, Antarāla Mandapa, Sanctum Sanctorum, and Prākāra. There is a beautiful seven-tier Gopura or pyramidal tower at the entrance and a ‘Vimāna’ (small tower) atop the sanctum sanctorum i.e. garbhagriha. On the top the ‘Shikara’ are seven ‘Kalasha’ - caps made of gold.

How to reach Mysore Chamundeshvari?

By Train: Nearest railway station – Chamarajapuram, Railway Gate Rd, K.G Koppal, Chamarajapuram Mohalla, Saraswathipuram, Mysuru, Karnataka 570005
By Air: Nearest airport – Mysuru Airport (MYQ), Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Hwy, Mysuru, Karnataka 57131
By Bus: KSRTC bus facility available every 20 minutes from Mysuru city bus stand.

Mysore Chamundeshvari Timings

7.30 a.m to 2 p.m

3.30 to 6 p.m

7.30 p.m to 9 p.m.

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