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Major attraction of the temple is the idol of the Chamundi Devi. Gates of the temple are made of silver plated. The temple also boasts of a jewel Nakshatra-Malike with 30 Sanskrit shlokas inscribed on it. A 16-foot-high statue of the demon Mahishasura near the temple is another significant feature of Sri Chamundeswari Temple. This is so because Mahishasura was slain by the goddess Chamundeswari (Durga or Parvati) to protect the area. Hence Chamundi Devi is also lovingly known as the Goddess of Mysore. The word 'Chamundi' means terrible, and this is another name for Parvati, who is in an angry mood to slay the demon.

   
  Mahabaleshwara Temple
The Mahabaleshwara temple on top of the Chamundi hills is the oldest temple on top of the hill. The Mahabaleshwara temple was a very important before the Chamundeshwari temple gained prominence. The Mahabaleshwara temple lost its importance after the Mysore Kings started patronizing the Chamundi temple. In the earlier days the hill was called Mahabaladri or Mahabala Thirtha after the Lord of the temple. The name Chamundi Hills is of recent origin. This temple is situated to the south of the Chamundeswari Temple and attracts a large number of devotees. Records of the Ganga period show that the temple existed during their reign as well.
   
Great Nandi (Bull) After ascending about 720 of the stone steps leading to the summit of the Chamundi Hill, the wearied visitors may stop under the nose of the huge stone image of Nandi who lies couchant at that point upon a large pedestal.  The statue is 16 feet high at the front and 25 feet long from front to back.  It is, well decorated with trappings and chains of bells, and otherwise ornamented. 
The Bettada Jatre takes place soon after Vijayadasami every year, and the Car Festival or Rathotsava, is held on Asvija Month.  A day after, in a big pond called Devi Kola on the hill a floating-raft procession (Theppotsavam) is held which is attended by huge crowds.  Besides the Chamundeswari, Mahabaladri, Narayanaswamy temples and Mahishasura and Nandi statues, there are a few other interesting spots on the Chamundi Hills.
   
  Rajendra Vilas Palace
Standing on a cliff of the celebrated Chamundi Hill is the Rajendra Vilas Palace overlooking the Mysore City.
   
   
To the south of Chamundeswari temple, a Maramma temple is located facing north. Special annual worship is conducted to the deity in the month of Magha Bahula. A large number of villagers conduct their customary worship to Maramma.

While descending the steps, an Anjaneya shrine is seen. Half way the 1,000 steps, the Mantapa is said to have been built by Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar.

Jwalamukhi Tripura Sundari Temple at Uthanahalli, Mysore

"Kadamba vana vasinim, kanaka vallaki dharinim,
Maharha mani harinim, mukasa mulla sad varunim,
Daya vibhava karinim vichatha lochamim, charinim,
Trilochana Kudimbhineem, Tripura Sundarim Aasraye”

The above verse is one of the octet of the Tripura Sundari Ashtakam, which means I prostrate before her, who is the beauty of the three worlds, lives in the Kadamba forest, holds a golden holy Veena, wears a divine garland of gems and whose face gleams with joy and mercy bestows wealth, who is present everywhere and the one who belongs to the three-eyed family (Shiva).

The ancient temple of Jwalamukhi Tripurasundari is built in Uthanahalli, Mysore at the foot of Chamundi Hills. She is believed to be the sister of Goddess Chamundeshwari, the presiding deity of Chamundi hills temple. Jwalamukhi Tripura Sundari temple is approximately 6 kilometers from the center of Mysore and is 3 kms from Chamundeshwari temple atop the hills. Jwalamukhi means a person with energy of fire and some believe that she represents the flaming mouth of Jalandhara, the demon whom Lord Shiva crushed to death using huge masses of mountains. Tripura Sundari means beauty of the three worlds.

The temple idol was installed during the rule of the Wodeyars. Now, a new courtyard is built all around the temple to protect it. Tourists and devotees throng the temple for darshan/blessings.

Place Statistics:
Type of Place: Ancient Temple
Distance: 6kms from Mysore
Transport: Well connected by road
Facilities: Shops selling pooja items

   
   

 

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