"The Demon Town" Top 5 Page for this destination Mysore by muddybok

Mysore Travel Guide: 218 reviews and 562 photos

Origin of name

According to Hindu legend, the area around Mysore city was once the domain of the demon king Mahishasura (Mahisha meaning Buffalo), who grew almost invincible and wreaked havoc on the world. The Goddess Chamundeshwari, vanquished the demon Mahisha in a humungous struggle waged over a period of 10 days thus, Goddess Chamundeshwari is also known by the name Mahishasura Mardhini (slayer of Mahisha).The battle became a festive event which the annual 10-day Navaratri festival commemorates to this day. The region retains the name of the slain demon; the name Mysore is the anglicized version of Mahisuru which is derived from the words "Mahisha" (the demon) + "ûru" (town). Thus "Mahisha + ûru = Mahishûru", the "Abode of Mahisha" which word became, with repeated usage, the current name of "Maisûru" in Indian languages, anglicized to "Mysore".

This legend is among the one of the most important in Hindu mythology, and renders the temple of the Goddess Chamundeshwari, located atop Chamundi hills in Mysore, an important place of pilgrimage. The legend is commemorated by several monuments in Mysore, including the temple of Goddess Chamundeshwari on Chamundi Hills and an imposing statue of Mahishasura located nearby.

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  • Last visit to Mysore: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated Feb 19, 2006
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  • jennifer_caunedo's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2007 at 12:34 AM

    thanks for all the great information!

  • jayalst's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    Mysore's market is certainly one of the easiest to navigate in addition to be being full of wonderful sights and smells--the people are tremendously friendly. Many merchants asked me to take their photos.

  • yellowbell's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2006 at 10:21 PM

    I love this page - colors of gulal, exquisite architecture of the palaces and the smell of sandalwood, it's my wish to visit India.

  • bkoon's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2006 at 3:36 AM

    Great Mysore page!!!!!

  • umashanker's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2006 at 3:22 AM

    Great stories Bok.Very intersting page.

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    Feb 19, 2006 at 11:53 PM

    Wah, what a mouthful! I might get tongue tied if I go this wonderful place! I wrote to uma and consulted him on the powder thingy.

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2006 at 9:21 AM

    Aah, so you have started building your India pages?!!! Great to see the lovely pictures and tips too.

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