Situated on the heights of Chamundi Hills,
the Temple resides Nandi Bull's Sculpture, the Bull denoting vehicle to
Lord Shiva, and is one of the seven bulls in the country. The temple has
large silver gates and golden idols. It is considered to be a very
religious temple, where the blessings of the goddess help devotees to
fulfill their need. Pilgrims are supposed to climb the 1000 odd steps to
the top, to improve their past 'karmas'.
The hill gets its name from the Goddess Kali or Chamundi, the consort of Shiva and she is the family deity of the Maharajas of Mysore. The Chamundeswari Temple is a fine quadrangular structure with a high 'gopuram' (tower) and 'dwara' (entrance) which is a visible landmark from many miles. 'Mahishasura' was killed by Goddess 'Chamundi' and hence she was given the name 'Mahishasura Mardhini'. The Goddess is seated on a lion, killing the buffalo-headed demon with her trident
The temple is approx. 13 kms from Mysore and is only accessible by road from the city of Mysore and is covered by all the package tour operators and the city excursions.
Tuesdays and Fridays are said to be auspicious for visiting the temple.