Chamundi Hills is the prime landmark of Mysore city, visible almost from anywhere in the city center. The hill has a very close association with the growth of the city. In fact the very name of Mysore is associated with the hill.
According to mythology this was the domain of the demon called Mahishasura ( the Buffalo Demon). The place was thus known as Mahishapura or Mahishuru , the land of Mahishasura. And that later morphed into Mysore in English and Mysooru in Kannada, the local language.
A boon made Mahishasura so powerful that no man could kill him. Unable to stand his atrocities, people prayed to the goddess to save them from Mahishasura. Goddess Shakti, the personification of cosmic energy in the feminine form, took the avatar (form) of the fierce goddess Chamundeshwari. She killed the demon and saved the people. Because of this act the goddess is called Mahishasuramardhini , the slayer of demon Mahisha.
Chamundi Hills has an important place in the history of Mysore. The oldest temple in Mysore, the Mahabaleshwara temple is located atop the Chamundi Hills. So is the oldest inscription found in Mysore. That was roughly made around the 9th century AD.
During those days the hill was known as Mahabaladri, denoting the location of Mahabaleshwara (Shiva) temple , that was the most prominent temple of the time. Later the Wodayar kings (the last dynasty to rule Mysore, before independence) treated goddess Chamundeshwari as the guardian deity of the royal family. The hill was renamed as Chamundi Betta (Chamundi Hills) during the 17th century. Also the small shrine of Chamundeshwari got expanded into an imposing temple, thanks to the royal patronage over the centuries.
Coming to the present day, Chamundi Hills is equally important as the fabrics of the famed chamundi chiffon is available on the foothills of Mysore. They are available in a wide spectrum of colours, creating an excellent base fabric for embroidery and print. The main focus lies in
the fascinating effect of fabric structure with a touch of lightness, outstanding drape and durability of the fabric which with blessings of Goddess Mahishasuramardhini are the newest entry in our collection during our ongoing anniversary. The Mysore chiffon saree was well received.
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