March 16, 2010

Bull Temple aka Nandi Temple, Chamundi Hills, Near Mysore, India

Mysore city, the heritage city of India, is famous for Mysore Palace and Mysore Zoo. Chamundi Hills, the nearby attraction of Mysore city is one of the popular tourist destinations. The most importance places in Chamundi Hills are Chamundeshwari Temple, located on the top of the hill, and the Bull Temple a.k.a Nandi Temple, located half way to the top of the hill.

Chamundi Hills rises to a height of 3,489 feet. There is motorable road till Chamundeshwari temple. There are also steps available for the devotees to reach atop the hill. Half-way to it, there is a beautiful 16-feet monolith idol of Nandi, carved in granite. The idol of Nandi (bull - the vahana of Lord Shiva) is black in color because of regular anointing with oil and other sacred waters. The beautiful carved idol was a gift by  Maharaja Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar, in 1659 CE.

The idol is very magnificent and is comparable to the beauty of Nandi idols of Tanjore Brahadeeswara temple and the Bull temple in Bangalore. There is also small cave temple for Lord Shiva on the back side of Nandi idol.

Don't miss Chamundi hills when you visit Mysore, and don't miss Nandi temple when you visit Chamundi hills.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:

Site Name: Bull Temple
Site Type: A temple with just one big idol - without roof - located on a hill
Location: Chamundi hills, 13 kms from Mysore, Karnataka state, India
Highlight: One of the biggest idols of Nandi (bull) in India
Nearest Railway Station: Mysore
Nearest Airport: Bangalore
Climate: Warm and cool throughout the year
Local Transport: Well connected by buses, and private taxis
Hotel: You need to depend on Mysore hotels (Mysore - the nearest city)
Restaurants: Mysore's cuisine is rice-based; Idlis and dosas are also famous; You can find a lot of restaurants both vegetarian and non-vegetarian throughout the city

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1 comment:

  1. Superb place to visit... i have been to this place by 2002...