Monday, May 23, 2011

mysore: day trip to chamundi hill

lovely day, the other day.

a bunch of folks from the yoga shala decided to get together and rent motorbikes and make the trip to chamundi hill.  we parked at the bottom and walked up the 1000 steps to the chamundeshwari temple, one of the holiest temples of the area.  even at such a place, the bustle of india pervades.  hawkers selling various wares, souvenirs, drinks and offerings to bring to the interior of the temple.

 two entrances to see the god; one free and long, the other 20 rupee.  so the rich don't have to wait, to meet the god.  as this was my second time here, i volunteered to watch the shoes with natalie, while the others ventured in.  you pass through the entrance, get blessed by a priest with tikka on the forehead, and proceed onward and get a glimpse of a statue representing the god. 


after visiting the temple, we backtracked down th path and visited the temple of nandi and of shiva.  shiva, bad boy god and nandi, his transport.  the statue of nandi was impressive, carved out of a single piece of rock.  shiva's temple was in a cave, a temple priest administering tikkas and holy water.

we then sat on an outcrop of rocks, and enjoyed a lovely cooling sunset and a lovely dinner.

nandi, the bull


chamundeshwari temple


selling temple offerings


temple detail 1

priest with blessings

temple entrance




temple detail2





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