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Chamundeswari Temple, Mysore

City: Mysore State: Karnataka Location: South India Altitude: 1062 m Type of Construction: Ancient Type of Building: Temple Dedicated To: Chamunda Devi Religion: Hinduism Festival: Dussehra Visit Timings: Tuesday and Friday About The Chamundeswari Temple in Mysore Karnataka : Foundation of Sri Chamundeswari Temple is considered to build in 12th century old while its tower is relatively new about 300 years old. The temple has a seven story tall and 40 metre high 'gopuram' adorned with intricate carvings. Major attraction of the temple is the idol of the Chamunda Devi which is said to be made of solid gold. Even the gates of the temple are made of silver. 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.

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