Thursday, February 3, 2011

Chamundeshwari Temple, Mysore

The historical Chamundeshwari Temple of Goddess Durga is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from Mysore.


The original shrine was built sometime in the 12th century by Hoysala rulers and its tower was probably built in the 17th century by the Vijayanagar rulers. The temple tower is seven story tall and is decorated with intricate carvings.
On top of the sanctum is a small tower that can be seen from outside the temple. Around the temple are small beautiful carvings of Goddess in black stone. They are present both on inner courtyard as well as outer walls of the temple.

When in Mysore, even though outside city the visit to the temple is really worth.




62 comments:

Sridharan said...

Very Nice temple that I visited during my Mysore temple

Team G Square said...

Very nice temple ,very well lit in the evening , esp in Dasara . Must if in Mysore

Anna said...

A beautiful sighting again!
Love the architecture. I wish I could see it one day. Thank you for sharing, and hope all is well. Anna :)

Cloudia said...

Glorious!



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George said...

The carvings on this temple are both intricate and beautiful.

Jeevan said...

Of course it was wonderful and I really enjoyed the views of Mysore from the hill top. Well captured the tower Rajesh, it must be a cloudy moment for u to experience the mist which me missed the other day only to sight the foggy mountain while leaving Mysore.

joo said...

What an impressive place!

Elettra said...

This temple has a unique architecture !!!!!!

Zuzana said...

That is just stunning! Those intricate details in architecture seems to be a repeating pattern in almost all buildings you show us here. I am always impressed.
xoxo

Ash said...

Gorgeous architecture. The dome is awesome.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Rajesh -- I especially love the pictures of the small black carvings and the way you displayed them around the picture of the entire temple!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Amazing architecture and buildings which are pieces of great and unique art!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

I've not driven up till top of Chamundi hills.. next on target

Pietro said...

Rajesh, it's a spectacular temple. Really beautiful all the carvings and the decorations. Nice pictures.

Pearl Maple said...

Wow the colours in this temple are really very pretty. Thanks for sharing with SWF.

Gary said...

What incredible carvings!! Keep up the tour. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous shrine and lovely pale skies as a backdrop! Marvelous, Rajesh, as always! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Kay L. Davies said...

SO many fascinating places in your country, Rajesh!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Carver said...

I like the way the carvings on either side of the center stand out from the rest of the carvings. Very effective contrast on this beautiful shrine.

imriz said...

magnificent edifice you have there! wow!

kasthurirajam said...

so cute

Al said...

That looks incredible. It must seem very large when you're standing next to it.

Kim, USA said...

Wow that is so beautiful!! I really wonder how they do construct this temple. Happy Friday!
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SandyCarlson said...

It is magnificent. I am humbled whenever I visit your blog.

magiceye said...

beautifully captured!

Rizalenio said...

I like the third photo. Those five statues are interesting to look at.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful Architecture as alwys on your blog!
thank you for sharing this beautiful photo work

Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,
Regards, Bram

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RNSANE said...

Another lovely temple, Rajesh! India seems to be filled with them.

indicaspecies said...

I've been to this place but could not get any shots as it got dark by the time I reached. That was January last year. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures.

ladyfi said...

Those black statues in contrast to the golden arches are beautiful!

eileeninmd said...

India does have the most amazing temples. Beautiful photos, Rajesh!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

You spoil me. I'm like ladyfi in that the black statues and the golden arches make a great contrast.

Trotter said...

Hi Rajesh! Sorry for the absence…
Another fabulous temple! great shots...

Well, it seems that Egypt is becoming a risky place to visit these days. So, let’s move and get to the other side of the Mediterranean: Côte d’Azur... Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Visited the place long long ago!!! Thanks for reminding the cherished memories!!!
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Marites said...

such a beautiful and impressive structure..good shots!

Karine said...

What a beautiful, impressive building! Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

Such gorgeous detail. Thanks for sharing.

Mark Kreider said...

The architectural intricacies are such a marvel to me.

Rekha said...

yes, visited it last year...its beautiful and you have managed to capture it perfectly....love your site...will go through it all someday...India has so much beauty to offer...thanks for reminding me... :)

Hildred and Charles said...

Wonderful architecture and carvings - it looks like an elaborate wedding cake, - thank you for all the great information.

Jacob said...

Hi Rajesh. Thanks for stopping by Florida Fotos. When I saw your post today I was struck by the differences in our blogs: you show these temples of indescribable beauty and I show funky little antique shops!

eden said...

What a beautiful temple! Great shots.

Have a lovely weekend.

RandomSnapshots said...

what a beautiful shrine... I wish I could visit India someday.

YOSEE said...

Wow. great pics. !

Indrani said...

Nice place to visit again and again.

Vee said...

What intricate carvings...very impressive.

Mary said...

Oh how beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing, Rajesh! I always love seeing the wonderful and historic architecture you post. :)

A Garden of Threads said...

Wonderful shots of the temple. Great mosaic.

Life with Kaishon said...

What a beautiful temple. Just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this today. So stunning!

Carol said...

Beautiful Temple! Look so tall, I love those shots!

gemini said...

Love that temple...wish to visit your place one day too. Happy MYM!

chubskulit said...

Magnificent!

My MYM, have a great week ahead!

Luna Miranda said...

this is quite an amazing temple. magnificent architecture.

Mellow Yellow Monday

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

What an astonishing building...wouldn't you love to know all of its secrets!!!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This is a lovely mosaic! I am hosting a Giveaway on my blog. I would love for you to stop by.hugs Anu

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Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for the appreciation for this place.

Deguide said...

Nice photos of chamundi temple at MYSORE....

Geeta Singh said...

thats beautifulll!!!

Rama Mohan A said...

Nice photos.

sush said...

Overwhelmed reading this..........I have lived in coorg 2 years when we used to visit mysore every now adn then

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for the appreciation for this place.