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RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE 

Chamundeswari, popular as Chamundi for Mysoreans, is intimately associated with the people of this beautiful city since ages. A form of Kali, Chamundeswari is also the home deity of the Mysore rulers. They have venerated her with great devotion since the beginning of their dynasty in 14th century. Chamundeswari is seated on a lion and with a tridon in her right hand she is piercing the body of monster Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed demon, who was causing hardship to the people in the area of Mysore long long ago, say the Puranas, or holy works. Its head severed by the Goddess with a sword, the buffalo is lying near the demon's body. Unable to bear his torture, all Gods together prayed to Goddess Parvathi, the consort of Shiva, to destroy the powerful demon. They offered her all their powers and weapons. Taking birth as Chamundeswari, Parvathi killed the demon, with the mighty powers of all Gods in her. The heroic deeds of Devi is explained in 'Devi Bhagvatha', a sacred work. According to Hindu tradition, the feminine form is the most powerful. She is 'Shakti'. She is mother supreme and primordial force. She is held in high esteem than all other Gods, including her own husband Shiva. All her admirers worship her with great devotion and in a pious manner. There are several works praising the Goddess. These are read or recited on auspicious occasions. The Goddess bestows happiness and peace on all those who worship her with ardent devotion. She will guide them to attain the supreme state of consciousness. Hundreds of devotees from all over India and abroad visit the Chamundi Temple and worship her, particularly on the sacred Tuesdays and Fridays, and seek her divine blessings.