Famous for its palaces and temples, thousands of people every year throng Mysore or Mysuru to seek either spiritual enlightenment or to just take a break from the rigamarole of daily life. Mysuru offers one-of-its-kind spiritual experiences that would make you find yourself. These grand temples in Mysore will take on a spiritual journey that you have never experienced ever before:
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple: Situated on the top of the Chamundi Hills, Sri Chamundeshwari Temple is one of the most visited temples in Mysuru. Thought to have been built in 12th century, this temple’s architecture is just awe-inspiring. One can climb up 1,000 steps or take a car to the top of the temple to enjoy a panoramic view of the majestic city that Mysuru is. The statue of Chamundi or Durga is decorated every day and is worshipped by a number of priests — this is something one shouldn’t miss.
Bull Temple: The Bull Temple, dedicated to Nandi, sacred bull calf, gatekeeper, and vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva, is located on the Chamundi hills. The 16-foot Nandi statue is believed to be made out of a single stone. The Nandi statue is said to be one of the biggest in the world. Right behind the statue there’s a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Gayathri Temple: Built by the last Maharaja of Mysore, Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, the Gayathri Temple is a sight to behold. The brilliant architecture and sculptures make this temple a must on every traveller’s checklist. The temple is located on the premises of the famous Mysore Palace. The temple also houses shrines dedicated to Savithri (Parvati) and Lakshmi.
Someshwara Temple: Built in 13th century, the Someshwara Temple attracts thousands of people from across the world. People come to visit this temple not just for religious purposes. The beautiful facade and the architectural brilliance of Hoysala Dynasty lure history buffs. The temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also has shrines of goddess Somasundari and Lord Narayana. The best time to visit the temple is during Dussehra when it’s all decked up and there are festivities going on.
Bhuvaneshwari Temple: Commissioned by erstwhile maharaja Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar in 1951, the Bhuvaneshwari Temple is of immense importance. The statue of goddess Bhuvaneshwari was carved by the same sculptor who made the sculpture of goddess Chamundeshwari at the Chamundeshwari Temple. A copper Surya Mandala given by erstwhile maharaja Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar is one of the main attractions at the temple.
Special prayers are held at the first two months of the year at Surya Mandala.
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