Chamundeshwari Temple (Mysore, Karnataka)

Located on the top of Chamundi Hills, Chamundeshwari Temple is about 13km away from the palace city of Mysore, Karnataka. The temple is considered as one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas, and it is named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, a fierce form Shakti.

Chamundeshwari is considered as the State Goddess by the people of Karnataka. The temple is famous for the celebrations of festivals like Aashada Shukravara, Navaratri, and Ammanavara Vardhanthi.

Another festival celebrated is Chamundi Jayanti. The most important festival that is celebrated here is Navaratri. During Navaratri, the Goddess is decorated in 9 different ways to depict nine different aspects of the goddess.

Architecture of the Chamundeshwari Temple

Structurally, the temple has been built in Dravidian style, consisting of the main doorway, entrance, Navaranga Hall, Antharala Mantapa, Sanctum Sanctorum and Prakara.

There is a beautiful seven-stage pyramidal tower at the entrance and a small tower on top of the sanctum sanctorum. On the top of the tower placed at the entrance, there are seven golden Kalashas. The doorway is silver-plated and has the images of the Goddess in different forms.

As one enters, on the right-hand side is a small statue of Lord Ganesha. After a few steps, there is a flagstaff, the footprints of the Goddess and a small statue of Nandi, facing the sanctum sanctorum.

Visiting Hours

• No entry fee is needed to visit the Math.
• Darshana and Pooja timings- 07:30 am to 02:00 pm and 03:30 pm to 06:00 pm and then continues from 07:30 pm to 09:00 pm.
• Abhisheka timings- 6:00 am to 7:30 am and 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on all days except Friday. Friday timing is 05:00 am to 06:30 am.
• The temple also offers free meals known as Dasoha for the devotees daily from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

Code of Conduct for Visitors

• October and February are considered as the best months to visit the place due to the panoramic view of the hills.
• The usage of plastic is strictly prohibited in the temple area so kindly not bring it with yourselves.
• Photography is not allowed

How to reach the Temple?

By Air- At a distance of 160km, Bangalore is the closest airport. Tourists can choose to travel from Bangalore to Chamundi by road or take a train to Mysore.

By Train- The temple is 13km away from Mysore Junction which can be covered by via bus or hired taxi.

By Road- Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus facilities are available every 20 minutes from Mysore city bus stand to Sri Chamundeshwari Temple.

Nearby hotels

• Apartment The Village
• Hotel Amoggh Palace
• The Windflower Resorts & Spa Mysore
• The Hillside
• Manasvini Homestay
• Myhome Homestay

Nearby Attractions

• Mahabaladri Temple
• Narayanswamy Temple
• Mahishasura and Nandi Statue
• Lalitha Palace
• Karanji Lake
• Mysore Zoo


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