Incredible India 11 – Mysore – Day 2

Atop the Chamundi Hills of Mysore is the Chamundeshwari temple.  Chamundi is the fierce form of the god Shakti.  She is the slayer of demons. 

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This is a statue of Mahishasura.  The legend is that the goddess Chamundi killed Mahishasura, a king of Mysore.

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Though a temple has been here for ages, this tall tower was built in 1827.

We passed lots of flower stalls on the walk up to the temple.  Worshippers buy flowers and coconuts for offerings.

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The temple inside is small and the spaces are disjointed.  It’s clearly not meant to be like the open space in a church or mosque.  You snake along with the crowd, leave your gift, peek at the god and move on.

It is like a street fair outside. 

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Nearby is Nandi (the bull mount of Shiva).  This statue is actually white granite but has been blackened over the years by people rubbing it with oil.  It is over 15 feet tall and 24 feet long. 

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The Mysore Palace was originally built in the 14th century.  It has been rebuilt many times, the latest was after a fire in 1897.  Completed in 1912 and expanded in 1940, the architecture is Indo-Saracenic, a blending of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles. 

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Mysore Palace gate C

This is looking back at the main gate.

No photos are allowed inside but I found these online.  Thank you IndiaOuting.com.

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DSC09914 C        We travel to Kerala next!

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