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‘Chamundeswari’, who is popularly known as “Chamundi’, is intimately associated with the religious and spiritual faith of the people of Mysore. This has been over several centuries. More so because she is the home deity of the Mysore rulers and the focal point for the ‘Navaratri’ festivities.

The Wodeyars of Mysore have venerated her with great devotion since the beginning of their dynasty in 14th century. They and the people of Mysore have kept their faith in the Goddess, whose divine grace they believe fulfill their hopes and aspirations and provides happiness and peace.

With this staunch faith, both the rulers and the people of Mysore have been worshipping her with ardent devotion. Hundreds of devotees from all over India and abroad visit the Chamundi Temple and seek the divine blessings of the Goddess.

Chamundeswari is seated on a lion and with a trident in her right hand she is piercing the body of monster Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed demon, who was causing hardship to the people in the area of Mysore long ago. The monster’s head is being severed by the Goddess with a sword. The buffalo is lying near his body.

Unable to bear his torture, all Gods together prayed to Goddess Parvathi, the consort of Shiva, to destroy the powerful demon. They offered her all their powers and weapons. Taking birth as Chamundeswari, Parvathi killed the demon, with the mighty powers of all Gods in her. The heroic deed of the Devi is explained in 'Devi Bhagvatha', a sacred work.

There are several sacred works or Puranas praising the Goddess and describing her heroic deeds, with some slight modifications. These are read or recited on auspicious occasions. They recite the ‘Slokas’ praising her. The Goddess bestows happiness and peace on all those who worship her with ardent devotion. She guides them to attain the supreme state of consciousness.

Carrying these beliefs, hundreds of devotees from across India and abroad visit the Chamundi Temple and worship the Goddess. On the sacred Tuesdays and Fridays, large number of devotees visit the temple and seek her divine blessings.

   
Sri Chamundeswari Car Festival (Rathothsava)
After the 10-day Dasara, the annual ‘Jathra’ of Chamundeswari takes place. On the auspicious ‘Ashwayuja Pournami’, a ‘Rathothsava’ or car festival is conducted during the Jathra on the hill. Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, who repaired this temple in 1827, also gifted the temple with a large wooden chariot known as ‘Simha Vahana’ (Lion Chariot), which is used during the Rathothsava. Scion of the Mysore royal family Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wodeyar will be present on the occasion and draws the chariot in a symbolic manner, as per past traditions of the royal family. After this, the chariot is taken round the temple.

Sri Chamundeswari Floating Festival (Theppothsava)
This is followed by ‘Theppothsava’ or a floating festival in the night. The procession idol of Chamundeswari is placed in a boat and taken round in the Devi Kere tank, which is close to the temple. Hundreds of people witness the floating festival amidst colourful illumination.

All these celebrations attract devotees by the thousands. The ‘Rathothsava’ and ‘Theppothsava’ of the Goddess are conducted in pleasant and stimulating morning and evening hours.
 
Sri Chamundeswari Birthday Uthsava
Sri Chamundeswari Shayanothsava
Sri Chamundeswari Mudi Uthsava
Sri Chamundeswari Vasanthothsava
Sri Chamundeswari Prasadothsava
Sri Chamundeswari Phala Poornima Uthsava
Sri Chamundeswari Sharannavatri (Dasara festival)
Sri Chamundeswari Krithikothsava
Sri Chamundeswari Kotarothsava
Sri Chamundeswari Jathra
Sri Mahabaleswara Girija Kalyana and Rathothsava Kannakannadi Uthsava
 
 

 

 

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