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Mysore Chamundeshwari Shakti Peeth – Chamundi Hills

Mysore Chamundeshwari Shakti Peeth

Mysore Chamundeshwari Shakti Peeth is considered as fourth Aadi Shakti peeth among 18. According to Sadguru Sri Aadi Shankaracharya there are 18 aadi Shakti peetaas. Goddess Sati’s (Parvati Devi Lord Shiva consort ) hair fell down here. Once according to puranas Mysore Chamundi hills area is called as Krouncha pura.

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Chamundeswari temple Mysore

Aadi Shankaracharya Ashtadasa Shakti peeta sthotram

Lankayam Shankari Devi Kamakshi Kanchikapuri Pradyumne Shrunkhala devi Chamundi Krouncha pattane

Alampuri Jogulamba Srisaile Bramarambika Kolhapuri Mahalakshmi Mahurye Ekaveerika

Ujjainyam Mahakali Peetikamyam Puruhutika Odhyanae Girija Devi Manikye Dakshavatika

Hari Kshetre Kamarupee Prayage Madhaveshwari Jwalayam Vaishnavi devi Gaya Mangalya Gourika

Varanasyam Vishalakshi Kashmirethu Saraswathi Ashtadasa Shakti Peetani yoginaamapi durlabham

Sayamkale patthenithyam sarva sathru vinasanam sarva roga haram divyam sarva sampathkaram shubham !!

How to reach Mysore Chamudeswari Shakti peeth temple:

Chamundi hills 13 km from Mysore city. Bangalore international airport is 140 km from Mysore, Karnataka. Mysore railway station is connected to many cities. Karnataka state buses reach frequently here.

 mysore chamundeshwari shakti peeth

Mysore Chamundeswari Devi

Mysore Chamundeshwari Shakti Peeth History:

The main identity of shakti peetha is from puranas mythological history related to Daksha Yagna and Sati devi’s self immolation. The hair of Devi fell here.

Once upon a time Mysore was ruled by Demon king Mahishasura (buffalo headed) from his name came Mahishuru or Mysuru. He used to bather all devotees. Then god and goddess prays for Devi. Then Goddess Parvati Lord Shiva consort takes incarnation of Chamunda and killed demon. With request of devotees Goddess Chamundi resided on Chamundi hills forever and called as Mahishasura Mardhini. Chamundi name came from Chanda and Munda two demons whom goddess killed.

Goddess Chamundi also killed another demon Rakthabeejasura, whom blood shold not touch ground. For this war goddess sister helped Chamundi devi, so there is temple at foot hill called Jwalamukhi sri Tripurasundari temple at Utthanahilli. So first devotees visit this temple before Chamundeswari temple darshan.

Chamunda: Goddess is also called as Chamundi, Chamundeswari, Charchika, Kali. She is one of 7 Mathrukas, one of yoginies the attendants of Durga the warrior goddess. Mostly identified as Kali, Durga or Parvati.

According to legends sage Markandeya has installed Devi here. After many years Aadi Shankaracharya installed Sri Chakra here, and gave importance, added in main 18 Shakti peetas. Devi is in seated posture with 8 hands. To the main sanctum left side Lord Ganesha and right side Bhyrava idols are installed. We can see Anjaneya, Nandi statues and foot prints of goddess in the temple.

This temple has history above 1000 years. Mysore Maharajas Wodeyars gave religious prominence to the temple. While going top to Chamundi hills, we can observe natural beauty of forest with varieties of trees, birds and animals. During Dasara temple is illuminated beautifully with lights and decoration.

Mysore chamundeswari shakti peeth history

Temple Architecture:

The temple is built in Dravidian style. The main seven tired Gopura is asset of temple. It is constructed in 18th century at the time of Krishnaraja wodeyar III. The main Sanctum Sanctorum consists of beautiful main door, antharalayam, Navagraha mantapam. Main gopuram has 7 Kalashams. The main shrine is maintained by Sringeri mutt.

Mysore Maharajas:

The temple glory is associated with maharajas family. Goddess is home deity for their family. They are blessed with Devi’s devotion. They contributed many gifts, chariots (like Simha vahana) for goddess. Even now they are being used for traditional processions. In Navaratri (dasara) on 7th day they contribute valuables for goddess Kaalarathri.Dasara is Karnataka state festival. In Ashada masam Chamundi jayanti(birthday) is celebratedand goddess taken out on golden chariot.

mysore palace dasara festival image

Mysore palace

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Gayathri Sharma is travel enthusiast from India. Adventure lover, Travel blogger by profession. She loves to write on Indian tradition and culture and always fascinated by Indian temples.Read some good articles about Travel around the world from her website YatrasBlog.


  1. Anita says:

    Detailed post.
    Have visited this temple twice.
    Really loved the place.

  2. Abhijit says:

    I had visited Chamundeswari temple twice. From top of the hill one can see a birds eye view of the plains below. You have described history of the temple and the shaktipeeth in considerable detail. Thank you for sharing. The shaktipeeth has a history of thousand years. Even the temple if it was built sometime between 1700 – 1800, is close to three hundred year old. That is a long time.

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