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Chamundi Hills

Chamundi Hills is located on the outskirts of Mysore, and is the prime landmark of the city. Situated at a height of 1065 meters above sea leave and about 800 feet above, on the top of the hills is the Chamundeshwari Temple that dates back to the 11th century. Goddess Chamundeshwari is an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi who took this form to destroy the demon king Mahishasura. Chamundi Hills have close association with the founding of the city. In fact the name of Mysore is associated with the hill.

Chamundi Hills has an historical significance. The oldest temple in Mysore, the Mahabaleshwara temple is located atop the Chamundi Hills. During the ancient times, the hill was known as Mahabaladri, denoting the location of Mahabaleshwara (Shiva) temple. The shrine of the consort, goddess Chamundeshwari, was located nearby. The hill was renamed as Chamundi Betta (Chamundi Hills) during the 17th century.

About Chamundi Hills
Chamundi Hills hold significance from both religious and tourism perspective. The most prominent attraction here is the temple of Chamundeswari with its impressive Chola style tower. This temple is located at the highest point in the temple. Next to the temple are a few more (older) temples, notably the Mahabaleshwara temple. Further down is the magnificent statue of Nandi (Bull). This 5 meter tall Nandi of Mysore is the third largest Nandi in India.
Once you reach the top of the hill, you can visit the Dravidian Temple dedicated to Sri Chamundeshwari Devi, who is regarded as the tutelary goddess of Mysore. She is also considered as an incarnation of Parvati and/or Durga. The idol of the goddess bears twenty hands and a statue of a lion besides her.

The view from the hills is amazing, as you can enjoy the entire city. The quickest you can notice, straight down, close to the foothills is the Race Course track in oval shape. On your right is the whitewashed Lalitha Mahal Palace. Farther views include the Mysore University saddling the Kukkarahalli Lake. Mysore Zoo on the fringes of Karanji Lake.

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