Chamundeshwari Temple

Day 4 cont. – 28th December 2011


Beautiful carvings on the temple Gopuram
Beautiful carvings on the temple Gopuram
Chamundeshwari temple is named after the goddess Chamundeshwari. The origin seems to be somewhere in the 12th century, built by rulers of Mysore. The statue of the goddess is said to be made of gold, and the temple doors are made of silver.

It is situated at the top of Chamundi hills. There is a flight of 1000 steps leading to the temple. Now that the road has been built, people do not usually take them, but I saw many people climbing those stairs.

The way to the temple leads through a covered flea market. A small test of devotion, whoever stops to shop, fails.

There was a long queue at the temple. We deposited our shoes at a designated place and stood in the queue. It was a school holiday and bus loads of children were there.

Once the line moved inside the temple, there were rails on both sides and the path was quite narrow. Someone, most probably a child, had vomited. Those who did not notice were the lucky ones because it was not possible jump clear.

Joohi pointed to a separate area where a security guard was tearing off tickets from people's hand. Now I realized why there were no tourists in the queue. I barely managed to stop myself from cursing out loud. Who else but we humans can be daring enough to monetize the God?

It was an hour-long wait to reach the main temple gate. I took photos while we waited.

Idol of the Chamundeshwari goddess
Idol of the Chamundeshwari goddess
We were already so close to the entrance, there was no point in getting out of the queue to buy tickets (Rs 100). I was really mad at Prakash. He should have told us beforehand. It would have saved us an hour from the hectic schedule.

Next time you visit a temple, look for a ticket counter. Few numbers might get deducted from your good Karma log for this shortcut, but it will surely reduce the number of your waiting hours.

We did the darshan and bought prasad for people back at home.

I admonished Prakash for not helping us with this information. I was not sure he fully understood me, but at least he looked sorry.

While driving back, there was a nice viewpoint from where the whole city of Mysore was visible. We stopped there and I took a panorama shot.

On the way there is also a statue of Nandi the bull, mount of Lord Shiva. The statue is carved out of a single stone and is 24 feet long. We stopped there too for few moments.

Our next destination was Mysore palace.


Chamundi Hills Photographs
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Flea market on the way to the temple
Flea market on the way to the temple
Temple entrance
Temple entrance
Chamundeshwari Temple
Chamundeshwari Temple
View of the temple
View of the temple
Temple view from inside
Temple view from inside
Long queue for the darshan
Long queue for the darshan
School children in the queue
School children in the queue
Beautiful temple
Beautiful temple
Bronze statue inside the temple
Bronze statue inside the temple
Daily procession
Daily procession
Temple under bright sun
Temple under bright sun
Chamundi Hills
Chamundi Hills
Nandi bull
Nandi bull
Mysore panoramic view: Race Course, Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysore Palace, Karanji lake and Kukkarahalli lake.
Mysore panoramic view: Race Course, Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysore Palace, Karanji lake and Kukkarahalli lake.
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