Mysore Day Trip: Destination 4
26.01.2008 - 26.01.2008
After lunch we headed up Chamundi Hill which rises from Mysore sharply and can't be missed. At the top of the hill is Chamundeshvari Temple. It was built in the 17th century and refurbished at some later point. We had to walk a little ways to get to the temple from where the taxi could park. Along the way were food stands, souvenier shops, beggars and animals. We saw our first free-roaming moneys but were sure to stay away since they like to steal, not to mention the diseases. The temple is stunning to see close up. The carvings are so very intricate and immaculately white. I can only imagine what it would have been like when it was first built and the "riff-raff" wasn't around.
B and I decided not to go into the temple. It would require removing our shoes and we were not sure that we would get them back. Also I am constantly scared of doing something inappropriate and causing an international incident. This was also the only location in the entire day that B and I felt very uncomfortable. We were approached a lot by kids and people selling things. I don't really want a small figure of Ganesh, thanks.
Apparently I do not have the tone of voice that makes people leave me alone when I tell them. These little kids followed me around at the temple and as much as I tried I could not shake them. One was reciting the capitals of the US states and asked me if I had a man at home (I read that Indian people are very inquisitive and will ask you all sorts of personal questions). We only stayed about 20 minutes and then headed back down the hill.