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