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Mahishasura Statue  

  Mysuru , Karnataka.
FREE

  • Landmark
    Category
    Landmark
  • duration
    Duration
    10 - 15 Min
  • mobile_voucher
    Mobile Voucher
    Accepted
  • bird spotting
    Bird spotting
    Zone
  • parking
    Parking
    Available
  • drinking water
    Drinking water
    Available
  • snacks counter
    Snacks counter
    Available
  • photographer
    Photographer
    Available
  • baby friendly
    Couple
    Friendly
  • ExploreBees
    Baby
    Friendly
  • restroom
    Restroom
    Available
  • sitting area
    Sitting Area
    Available
  • footwear counter
    Footwear Counter
    Available
  • souvenir shop
    Souvenir shop
    Available
  • security guard
    Security guard
    Available
  • dustbin
    Dustbin
    Available

Ticket

  • free entry
    free entry
  • adult ticket
    Adult
    FREE
  • children ticket
    Children
    INR
  • mobile camera
    Mobile Camera
    FREE
  • still camera
    still camera
    FREE
  • video camera
    Video Camera
    FREE

Description

A colorfully painted statue of demon Mahishasura is an iconic image in Mysore tourism is one of the major attractions of Chamundi Hills which is located about 3,489ft. from the sea level, 13 km from Mysore city in Karnataka State, India. This majestic statue of Mahishasura is shown holding a cobra in his left hand and a sword in his right hand. This statue is said to be built during the reign of Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar when the steps to the hills were also constructed.

According to the legend, Mahishasura was the king of Mysore. Mysore is really named after a demon—Mahisha Asura. Originally, the city was known as “Mahishuru,” which means “Mahisha’s City.” Gradually, it came to be called Mysuru, which was later Anglicized to Mysore.

Mahisha is Sanskrit for “buffalo” and an asura is a type of demon. Mahisha Asura was a demon who could switch back and forth between human and buffalo form. It is said that he was the son of an asura king named Rambha who consummated his love with a buffalo. The resulting child, Mahisha Asura, was a changeling who could shape-shift from human to Buffalo and back again, as well as into other bestial forms. He terrorized the devas (demigods), and thus they pleaded with the Trimurti of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva to help them. Because Mahisasura was blessed with a boon that prevented him from being killed by a man, Devi came forth to set things right.

In fact, Mahisha was so overwhelmed with Devi’s beauty that he wanted to marry her, but Devi was not interested. She only wanted his blood in battle. Armed with the weaponry of the Trimurti and riding a lion, Devi single-handedly destroyed all of Mahisha Asura’s minions and finally, after an epic battle, cut off his head.

The Puranas are full of different versions of this story. Devi has thousands of names, and so do the demons she comes down to destroy. You will find these in the “Devi Mahatmya” from Markandeya Purana, the “Lalita Sahasranama” of Brahmanda Purana, the Devi Bhagavatam and many other sources. One of the most beautiful versions of the slaying of Mahishasura comes from Adi Shankaracharya’s “Mahishasura Mardini Stotram.”


Operational Hours

January to December
Monday 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Last Admission 8:45 PM

Things to carry

  • id card
    Id card
  • camera
    camera
  • selfi stick
    Selfi stick
  • water bottle
    Water bottle
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses
  • cap
    Cap
  • medicine
    Medicine
  • sun cream
    Sunscreen
  • power bank
    Power Bank

Things Not Allowed

  • no alcohol
    alcohol
  • no weapons
    Weapons
  • no pets
    Pets
  • no skate board
    Skate board
  • no smoking
    Smoking
  • no wifi
    Wifi
  • no plastic bag
    Plastic Bag

Near By

  • atm
    ATM
    0.1 KM
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    Fuel Station
    9.0 KM
  • restaurant
    Restaurant
    0.1 KM
  • hospital
    Hospital
    11.0 KM
  • pharmacy
    Pharmacy
    0.1 KM
  • hotel
    Hotel
    6.0 KM
  • bus stop
    Bus Stop
    0.1 KM

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