The rocky hill stands at a distance of three kilometers to the south east of the fort rising to height of 1050 meters above sea level. It takes its name from the goddess Kali or Chamundi, the consort of shiva, who is worshipped in a temple on the summit & who is the family deity of Maharaja of Mysore. The oldest temple on the top of the hill is Mahabaleswara temple standing to the south of Chamundi Temple and dated to 13th century A.D. The Temple is a fine quadrangular structure with a high gopuradwara which is a land mark for many miles.
There is a huge stucco figure of Mahishasura, who was killed by Chamundi & got the name Mahishasuramardhini. On the top of the hill is a residence (Rajendra Vilas Palace) of Maharaja used on the occasions of his visits. The Palace is now serving as a hotel. A flight of steps numbering about 1100 leads to the top the hill, & at two thirds of the way up is a monolithic colossal figure of Nandi which was worshipped by the Maharajas. It is nearly 5 meters high. This 4.8 meter high monolith was originally grey in colour but the application of coconut oil by the devotees has turned it black. This one of the largest statues of Nandi found in india. Close to the Chamundi temple is the giant and colourful statue of the demon Mahishasura. From the hill summit one can have a panoramic view of the Mysore city
Timings :
07:30am - 02:00pm
03:30pm - 06:00pm
07:30pm - 09:00pm
Fees :
Direct Entry: Rs. 100
Special Entry: Rs. 20
Free Entry (in Queue)
Best Time To Visit : During DASARA
How To Reach : By Bus
Near By Places : Palace,Zoo,LalithaMahal palace,Nandi