The Chamundeshwari Temple (ಶ್ರೀ ಚಾಮುಂಡೇಶ್ವರಿ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ) is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka in India. The temple has name of Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti.She is the slayer of demons, Chanda and Munda and also Mahishasura, the buffalow-headed monster.
he Chamundeshwari Temple is considered as a Shakti Peetha and one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas. It is known as Krouncha Pitham as the region was known in Puranic times as Krouncha Puri.
Skanda Purana and other ancient texts mention a sacred place called Trimuta Kshetra surrounded by eight hills. Lying on the western side is the Chamundi Hills, 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. The Goddess is believed to be an incarnation of Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.
A large number of devotees from all over the country and from abroad visit the temple every year. They believe that the Goddess fulfills their desires and aspirations.
Shakti Peethas are divine seat of Shakti due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Lord Shiva carried it and wandered in sorrow. There are 51 Shakti Peeth linking to the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit. Each temple have shrines for Shakti andKalabhairava. The Hair of Sati Devi is said to have fallen here, the Shakti is addressed as Chamundeshwari Devi.
The Chamundi or Chamundeshwari Temple is one of the most famous temples in Karnataka. It is a 1000 year old temple dedicated to Devi Chamundeshwari, a form of Durga or Devi Parvati. Located on top of the 3000 ft high Chamundi Hill, this temple is one of the most prominent.
The story of Devi Chamundi is narrated in Markandeya Purana. There were two Asura brothers, Sumba and Nisumba, who, strengthened by the boons received through severe penance, began to harass the Devas and the people of the earth.
The Devas prayed to Devi Parvati, who took the form of a beautiful young maiden and came down to Earth. The Asura brothers were smitten by her beauty and sent emissaries to try and entice her to come to them. When this failed, they tried force. But the young maiden killed the generals sent by the Asuras.
Two of the generals were named Sandan and Mundan.The Goddess took the ferocious Warrior form of Kali and destroyed them. As she killed Sandan and Mundan, she was called Samundi or Samundeshwari. Later this became Chamundi or Chamundeshwari.
This tower is decorated with beautiful sculptures. There is a statue of Lord Ganesha over the doorway. The silver plated doorway is decorated with various forms of the Goddess. The doorway leads to a mukha mandapa and a Navaranga. The Antarala mandapa has an idol of Ganesha on one side and Bhairava, a form of Lord Shiva on the other side.