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.
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…
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.