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Chamundi Hills, Mysore, Karnataka, India



Goddess Chamundeswari is the main deity of this temple, who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. The Goddess is seated on a lion, killing the demon with her ‘trishul’. She is the enforcer of demons, Chanda and Munda and also ‘Mahishasura’ the buffalo headed monster. ‘Mahisha Mardhini’ having ‘Ashta Bhujas’ or eight shoulders. Here the idol was installed by Sage Markandeya.

Interesting Facts

  • The Chamundeshwari Temple is considered as a Shakti Peetha and is one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas.
  • Chamundi Hills is an enchanting place surrounded by natural beauty.
  • Sati devi's Head hairs had fallen here and the temple is also one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas.

Best Season To Visit

The best season to visit this temple is Winter season. The best months to visit are September to February.


Highest - April to June (38°C during day and 26°C during night)Average - May (37°C during the day and 21°C during night)Lowest - October to February (27°C during day and 18°C during night)Monsoon season - August to September

Dress Code

  • For men the dress code is Shirt & Trouser, Dhoti or Pyjamas with upper cloth.
  • For women the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or chudidhar with pyjama and upper cloth.
  • These rules are applicable for foreigners also. Shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts are not allowed.
  • Pilgrims/visitors will not be allowed inside the temple if dress code is not followed.

Do's & Dont's

  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do respect ancient customs and co-piligrims while at temple.
  • Smo​king is strictly prohibited inside the temple premises.

transport connections

Name Distance Contact Number
City Bus Stand (CBS) Mysore
11.6 KM 8212424995
Mysuru Junction
13.1 KM 139
Mysore Airport
13.3 KM 0821-2596802


Chamunda as slayer of demons Chanda and Munda, Devi Purana gives a different explanation Chanda means terrible while Munda stands for Brahma's head or lord or husband. Chamunda killed the buffalo demon. Sri Chamundeshwari temple is facing in East direction, built in Dravidian and Vesara style of architecture. The Chamundeshwari Temple is also important due to the small footprints of the goddess that is found within it, along with a flagstaff. The interiors of the sanctum are spectacular with numerous intricate carvings. On the top of sanctum sanctorum, there is a small tower called ‘vimana’. Devi Kere or Devi Pushkarini is the koneru of this temple. Inscription at the entrance of the temple detailing its history. The idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari is of gold and weighs 15 kgs. The entrance gates are made of silver and Nandi built by black granite stone (Granite quarry mysore).

Gopuram Details : Temple has an impressive seven-tier tower called as ‘gopuram’ an equally imposing entrance which is known as ‘dwara’. These two can be seen even from the distance of many miles. It is believed that when Krishnaraja Wodeyar-III was blessed by the Goddess Chamunda, he decided to build the beautiful Gopura in 1827 A.D. On the top of the tower placed at the entrance, there are seven golden Kalashas. The tower at the entrance also has a small image of Lord Ganesha on the doorway. The doorway is silver-plated and has the images of the Goddess in different forms. Its silver gates still presents a glimpse into the royal past.

Mandapams & Pillars : The temple is comprises of Sanctum Sanctorum, Navaranga Hall, Antharala Mantapa and Prakara. In the ‘Antharala’ prior to the sacred sanctum sanctorum are the images of Lord Ganesha on the left side and of ‘Bhyrava’ on the right side. To the left of Ganesha, there is a beautiful 6-foot statue of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. He is standing with his hands folded in his religious costumes. On either side of him are his three wives, Rama vilasa, Lakshmi vilasa and Krishna vilasa.

Temple Walls : There is an image of 'Anjaneya', attached to the wall. Monotony of the brilliant yellow walls are tiny alcove shrines inset with miniaturized sculptures pertaining to numerous mythological aspects and incarnations of the Goddess, each bearing in her numerous arms numerous destructive weapons (mace, swords, battleaxes, tridents, lightening thunder and so on) and astride a beast (an elephant, a bull, a mythical Makara etc) each an exemplar not only of unparalleled sculptural art, but also of tremendously excellent ancient mythological fables.

Religious Significance

Shakti Peethas refer to the sites on which the body pieces of Goddess Sati fell when Lord Shiva was carrying her and wandering through different places in deep morose. It is believed that the hair of Goddess Sati fell at the site where the Chamundeshwari Temple has been constructed. Mysore was ruled by the demon-king Mahishasura. Hence, came the name of this place – Mahishuru, the city of demon Mahisha. Acknowledging to the prayers of Gods and Goddess to save them from the monster, Goddess Parvathi, Consort of Lord Shiva, reincarnated as Chamundeshwari and killed the monster. After killing the demon, the Goddess resided atop the Chamundi Hills where she is worshiped with reverence and devotion.

Puranas Reference : In ‘Skanda Purana’ and other ancient texts, it is mention a sacred place called ‘Trimuta Kshetra’ surrounded by eight hills, lying along side of west is the Chamundi Hills, it is one among the eight hills. In the earlier days, the hill was identified as ‘Mahabaladri’ in honour of God Shiva who resides in the ‘Mahabaleswara Temple’; this is the oldest temple on the hills. In the later days, the hill came to be known as ‘Chamundi Hills’ in honour of the Goddess Chamundi, the chief subject of the ‘Devi Mahathme’.


Here the Goddess is identified with Durga, who killed the buffalo demon on Chamundi Hill. Where the temple is established was named after her in honor of her victory and courage. This temple is built in 12th century by Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar and renovated in 1827 A.D.

Temple Timings

Day Timings
All Days 07:30 AM - 02:00 PM 03:30 PM - 06:00 PM 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM


All Days
550.00/ Person
All Days
440.00/ Person
All Days
275.00/ Person



Airport Name Distance
Shamshabad 40 KM
Lorem Ipsum 12 KM

Railway Stations

Railway Station Name Distance
Secunderabad 10 KM
Nampally 12 KM
Begumpet 6 KM
Lingampally 20 KM

Bus Stations

Bus Station Name Distance
kukatpally 20 KM
Lingampally 30 KM
Uppal 35 KM

Private Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Private Transport 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757

Local Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Local Transport 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757

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