Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Mysore: Chamunda

My friends dropped me off in Mysore on their way home to Bangalore. This was to be my last stop before going back home.

The eight-armed lady below is a representation of Durga, in the incarnation of Chamunda (also known as Chamundi or Chamundeshwari), who slew the demon Mahishasura who had taken on the form of a buffalo. The slaying is supposed to have taken place in the Chamundi Hills that overlook Mysore, and she is revered by the people of Mysore and worshipped at the Chamundeshwari temple in the hills.

I photographed the statue in the Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur.

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