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Abode of the goddess

Visitors from every part of the country and abroad throng to Mysore to taste the royal splendour of Dasara. The heritage city has a variety of tourist spots to suit every taste. Of the many places of tourist interest in Mysore is Chamundi Hills. A must on any tourist’s itinerary, Chamundi Hills is famous for its natural picturesque beauty.

The ancient temple of Goddess Chamundeshwari attracts hordes of devotees. There are regular buses to Chamundi Hills from Mysore. It is indeed an experience to travel to the hill top on the winding road. If you trek up the hill, then the calm and quiet of the surroundings and the variety of flora and fauna on the way makes for a wonderful experience. A flight of 800 steps takes one to a huge nandi carved out of a monolithic black granite block.

This stone idol was sculpted during the reign of Doddadevaraja Wodeyar. In fact, the king was also credited with the construction of the 1,000 stone slab steps for the convenience of devotees. The government has developed a park. Atop the hill is a small village that houses a number of temples. The main temple deity is Goddess Chamundeshwari who according to mythology slayed demon Mahishasura. Two other 12th century temples on the hill are the Mahabala temple dedicated to Shiva and the Lakshminarayana temple. These were constructed by Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana.

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