The Chamundi Hill is about 13 kms from Mysore city center and has a temple which hosts the patron Goddess of wodeyars, Chamundeshwari. The hill is 335 m high with a temple located on top, besides a road it can also be approached by 1000 (approx) stone cut steps. Godess Chamundeshwari is the household god of people and kings of mysore. It is said that this temple was constructed in 11th Century. In 1827 the temple was repaired by kings of mysore.

This place is in-arguably the most famous landmark of Mysore as one can see Chamundi hill from any part of the city. In fact, Mysore got its name from this hill; Mysore can be expanded as Mahisha-sura Ooru (Mahisha-sura’s city), and as Hindu mythology goes Mahisha-sura was slayed by Chamundi goddess (one of the avatars of Parvathi), the main temple on this hill is that of Goddess Chamundi. The disturbing thing is that – why they named the city on the demon Mahisha rather than from the goddess Chamundi who slayed him.

Visiting Chamundi Betta (hill) has been like a pilgrimage for me every-time. Irrespective of whether I get any company or not I will try to give a visit to this place whenever I visit Mysore. Such visits may be to: catch the sunset, to have a panoramic view of Mysore city below, to have a hearty discussion sitting on the steps laid out at the hill top; or maybe no reason at all.

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This photo was taken enroute to Chamundi hill, the hill can be seen on the left side. Should seriously avoid viewing the sun directly as my friend advised me the other day…!
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The temple Gopura
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National Institute of Engineering from Chamundi hill

The Engineering College where I did my B.E. (this photo shows only one of the buildings of our college,the old one, the new building is not to be seen here). Yes, our college was pretty near to the hill, which resulted in more frequent visits to this beautiful place, sigh… those were the days…

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Mysore palace: Photo taken with maximum zoom of 12x
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Mysore palace (Floating palace of lights): during Dasara. Thousands of people visit Chamundi hill to catch this sight

While most parts of India celebrate Dasara in commemoration of Lord Rama’s victory over the demon-king Ravana, Karnataka celebrates it in honour of Goddess Chamundeswari who killed the great demon, Mahisha-sura.


Anoop Hullenahalli

An Electronics Engineer working on wireless embedded systems for a living. Traveling, photographing and sharing my experiences here at ANUBIMB helps me unwind and break the monotony of life.

8 Comments

Anonymous · 2 Mar ’06 at 4:57 am

The splendour of the <> Gopuram <> would have (perhaps) been better captured if you had oriented your S2 vertically. Apropos your daytime Mysore palace shot, any idea why it is hazy ? Smog or a camera limitation (at 12x), maybe ? The picture featuring NIE looks better. Further, have you noticed the distinctly Arabic construction style of the palace, with minarets et cetera ? Goes to show that we are either an extremely broad-minded people, or brilliant plagiarists.Regards the article on Hinduism, I refer to,“…Unlike most other religions, Hinduism does not advocate the worship of one particular deity.”There was a time when polytheism was a worldwide phenomenon. Soon after though, “non-pagan” religions like Christianity and Islam, having decried idolatory, paved the way for the emergence of a world torn apart by false religious fervour and violent fundamentalism. The very tenets of these monotheistic religions are built on hedonistic end goals. For instance, Islam offers a glimpse of heaven where rivers of wine flow, pedarasty is in no short supply and lascivious women cavort with the dead (while we, for some reason, believe in salvation and eternal non-materialistic joy). This irrefutable (and more importantly irresistible) vision of a rosy beyond helped Islam stake claim amongst the rather dim and mostly impoverished, meteorite-worshipping Arabs. Now, we Indians were mostly spared of this farce, despite a whole millenium of Islamic rule because we knew (and still know) where to draw the line between reality and religion-induced hallucination (or, <>Hǖzǖn<>). The fact that you and me are still Hindus is a testimonial to the maturity of our religion and the sagacity of our ancestors.-G

Keshav · 2 Mar ’06 at 5:59 am

Dude!! The first one is absolute beauty. Kudos!

A · 2 Mar ’06 at 5:20 pm

gosh!!! the fisrt one is so beautiful tht i was shocked!!! it is breathtaking!!!

P Kalyan · 2 Mar ’06 at 7:09 pm

Comments in reverse oder:) Why are you inserting unnecessary philosophy, which is basically dry, in between such good snaps?!!Floating palace of lights: Good snap but camera tilted. Were you holding in hand? 12x zoom…problem. Try image processing softwares. Affine projection!:)Mysore palace: If you can cut top 5% portion and somehow replicate greenary to cover disordered houses, it will be a best art work. Developing an algorithm for this would not be a bad idea!NIE: Personal photo, no comments!:)The temple Gopura: Good one but you should have covered atleast 3 steps of gopura. 3 = many, signifies many steps to reach God/peak.First photo: Best one. (You have reversed your order, so I had to reverse mine:)). What I really liked is reflection of sunlight from leaves rather than those three beams of light. I personally like this color of sunset and sunrise. I think this color is symbol of “true love” and hence worn by sanyasis. How the photo would have been if you had taken only reflection of the light from plants by standing opposite (facing east) or perpendicular (facing north) to sun? Or reflection of this golden-saffron color light from a single flower or other objects? Can you try such a photos? I feel it is difficult to capture sun directly because of saturation problems.

Anonymous · 3 Mar ’06 at 4:49 am

Quoting p kalyan,“Why are you inserting unnecessary philosophy, which is basically dry, in between such good snaps?!!”Perhaps the last paragraph is a little misplaced in context of the layout of the entire post. However, I don’t entirely concur with the words, “unnecessary” and “dry”. If the post theme had been ‘A photographic journey through a land of ancient faith’ (for instance) and had featured, say, a couple of temples of Mysore, the philosophy wouldn’t have seemed unnecessary. On the contrary, that very theme would have demanded expatiation of the philosophical glue binding the faithfuls. As for being dry, philosophy and theology are both open to interpretation, debate and opinion; I really cannot fathom how it can be described as being dry. 🙂“Mysore palace: If you can cut top 5% portion and somehow replicate greenary to cover disordered houses, it will be a best art work.”Would undeniably look great, even if a bit surreal! Come to think of it, if one were to set the clock back by a hundred years, maybe the bottom and top halves (excluding the palace) would be indistinguishably green. In a sense, this image is one embodiment of our present. My twopence 😉-G

anoop · 3 Mar ’06 at 6:57 am

Keshav: hey, thanks… Yashita: thanks again..G: regd Gopura – intention was to give a better view of the intricate carvings of the top portion of the gopura, which im sure none of the ppl who have visited the temple can see..Mysore palace – maybe it was not a clear day, dont know dude. the photos put up here are not taken in a single day and in the same conditions..Hinduism – thanks for giving more info on the non-pagan religions..P Kalyan:Are you praising me for the “snaps”, by comparing them with “Philosophy” and declaring philophy as dry in front of my snaps or are you criticizing my philosophy being dull in front of my snaps. I do like to believe that the former is what you are referring to… :)) floating palace of lights – yes, I had placed the camera on my lap to stabilize it..first photo – I was in a hurry to reach the summit before sunset, had no time to experiment. usually i dont think much while taking photos..!

P Kalyan · 3 Mar ’06 at 6:48 pm

Anoop,It is first one, philophy as dry in front of your snaps!!

parijaatha · 22 Sep ’09 at 3:52 pm

lovely pics!Yesterday we waited atop Ch.hills to see the palace light up…for a mysorean there is nothing more beautiful.

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