3 kms from Mysore city, atop the Chamundi hill is the huge Chamundeshwari temple- the most famous of Mysore temples. A flight of 1000 stone steps from the foothills takes you to the temple at a height of 3000 ft. which is preferred by pilgrims although it is accessible by a motorable road. The temple is a fine quadrangular structure of Dravidian style with a splendid 40 mt high gopura or tower at the entrance. The silver-plated doorway has the images of the Goddess in different forms. In the sanctum sanctorum is the solid gold idol of the goddess Chamundeshwari, the tutelary deity of the Mysore maharajas and has been held in reverence for centuries. In fact the city itself owes its name to the goddess who vanquished the legendery demon Mahishasura. Special pujas or worhip-services and the rathotsava or car festival that are held here during Dasara attract big crowds.
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