Chamundeshwari Temple, Chamundi Hills, Mysore, Karnataka
Chamundeshwari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamundeshwari an avatar of Goddess Shakti. It is speculated that many animal and human sacrifices were made at this temple. The seven storey high Gopura or tower of the temple is intrinsically carved with details. It has an ornate door made of pure gold and silver. The 3000 feet high hill can be reached by the flight of 1659 steps. Originally built by the Hoysala rulers in the 12th century, but then it was a small shrine, later
The original shrine is thought to have been built in the 12th century by Hoysala rulers and its tower was probably built by the Vijayanagar rulers of the 17th century.The current structure has evolved over the centuries after the Mysore Maharajas, the Wodeyars, came to power in 1399 A.D. A Dravidian style temple in a quadrangular shape, with a sanctum sanctorum, Prakaras, towers called, shikara with seven golden ‘Kalashas’ and Vimana.