This big holy hill I climbed is said to be the 5th Holiest Hill in all of India.Or the eight. Or the sixth. I don’t know. We’re gonna say 5th. I’ve got absolutely no idea how people keep track of these things.
- Chamundi Hill, at either 1,000 or 5,000 meters high and 13 kilometers or 3 km out of Mysore City, is both super old and super holy.
Yep, those are both true facts. There were little worship spots along the way, the steps were covered in the paint from puja, and there was even a sneaky shiva temple half way up.
- The steps we asended were placed in 1664 (or 1659), just like the giant statue of Shiva’s best ride, Nandi the bull which is located at either step 700 or step 800.
I probably should have paid attention, and then I could have at least fixed the wiki article. While I’m in the middle of an aside, I also wanted to talk about Shiva. Shiva’s the supreme yogi, and the hill is named for one of his lady aspects. Isn’t it kinda baller that he’s also a bull rider? You know, I’m a killer mechanical bull rider… I wonder if its in my yogi-blood?
- Anyway, climbing up and down all 1,180 steps is one way the locals stay fit. We heard that fit folks get all the way up in 12 minutes, less than fit folks in 60.
Ellie and I briefly contemplated using this as an opportunity to get in a WOD. Briefly, cause its sure not as though we rushed up– the monkeys, the cows, and the giant bull were all too interesting. Anna and John actually stayed a fair shake ahead of us the whole time! The climb wasn’t too rough.
Before we get to the pictures a few fun (and questionable!) Chamundi Facts:
- A panoramic view of the city is seen from the top of the hills. Among other landmarks, you can see the race course, the Lalitha Mahal palace, Mysore Palace, Karanji and Kukkarahalli lakes.
- En route to the top, the steps pass the large statue of Nandi the bull; the statue is about 16 feet high and 25 feet in length. Nandi is the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva. Local monarch Dodda DevarajaWodeyar directed the steps’ creation in 1664 and the installation of the statue of Nandi.
- The temple atop the hill is named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti.
- Leopards have been sighted near the roads during late evenings leading to the top and have been photographed, providing a sense of additional thrill to people who seek adventure walking up the slopes.
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