Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple Info, History, Timings, Best Time To Visit
Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple is one of the prominent temples in India. It is among the 18 famous Shakti Peethas in India. Being perched on top of the hill, the temple has been attracting the devotees from all over the world. People believed that the Hair of Sati Devi is said to have fallen here. This is the place where Chamundeshwari Devi has existed. And it is situated at an altitude of 3,489 feet that is visible from a distance itself while travelling towards Mysuru.
History And Architecture Of Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple:
A temple of great antiquity assumed notable over the centuries. According to the famous folklore, the temple significance had spread especially during the reign of Mysuru Maharajas who are great worshippers of the Goddess Chamundeshwari. They treated the Goddess as the tutelary deity.
Coming to the architecture of the Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple, its architecture resembles the Dravidian style. It possesses the Main Doorway, Entrance, Navaranga Hall, Antharala Mantapa, Sanctum Sanctorum, and Prakara. There is a beautiful seven-tier Gopura or pyramidal tower at the entrance and a ‘Vimana’ (small tower) on the top of the sanctum sanctorum. Atop the ‘Shikara’, the tower at the entrance, are seven golden ‘Kalashasa’.
In the sanctum sanctorum you can have a glimpse of the stone statue of the Goddess, ‘Mahisha Mardhini’ having ‘Ashta Bhujas’ or eight shoulders, and in a seated posture. According to the local legend, the image was established by sage Markandeya and hence it is said to be very old.
The highly revered Sri Chamundeswari Temple is the fierce form of ‘Shakti.’ She is the slayer of demons such as Chanda, Munda, Mahishasura and buffalo-headed monster.
Useful Information About Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple & Timings:
Darshan and Pooja Timings Are As Follows
7.30 a.m to 2 p.m and 3.30 to 6 p.m and 7.30 p.m to 9 p.m.
Abisheka Timings Are As Follows
6 a.m. to 7.30 a.m and 6 p.m to 7.30 p.m | Friday 5 a.m to 6.30 a.m
Free Meals provided to devotees daily from 12.30 p.m to 2.30 p.m.
Another salient feature of the temple is, Sri Chamundeshwari Temples are declared as No-Plastic Zone. So, ensure that you should not carry plastic carry bags and not throw the plastic wastes in the hill area. Avail Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation(KSRTC) bus facilities are available every 20 minutes from Mysuru city bus stand to Sri Chamundeshwari Temple. These facilities are provided for the convenience of the devotees.
Legend Of Shakti Peeth
According to the popular legend, Sati was one of the daughters of Daksha, the son of Lord Brahma. When she grew up, Sati wanted to marry Shiva. However, her father Daksha possesses hatred towards Lord Shiva and was not happy with the Sati’s decision. So he tried a lot to stop their marriage. Despite his efforts, Sati married Lord Shiva. The marriage enhanced the Daksha’s hatred towards Lord Shiva.
Daksha, the father of Sati intend to perform a yagna. To take part in this yagna he called all the devotees except Lord Shiva. After hearing about this Yagna, Sati expressed her wish to Lord Shiva to attend the yagna. Initially, Lord Shiva tried to convince her and not let her attend the yagna. However, her strong intention can’t stop herself from going.
There, she witnesses all the deities except his husband. She realized that his father intentionally humiliated Lord Shiva. She demanded that her companion should be acknowledged as others. When that did not happen Sati’s wrath immolated herself in a fire. After knowing about the death of Sati, Lord Shiva rush to the Yagna’s place and cut off Daksha’s head. Moreover, he commenced the dance of destruction by carrying the mortal remains of Goddess Sati. All deities urged Vishnu to stop this destruction. So Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshana Chakra, which cut the Sati’s dead body into several parts. These parts fell in various parts of the earth. The places where Goddess Sati body parts fell are called Sakti Peethas. Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple is one of the 18 famous Shakti Peethas.