According to Hindu mythology, the hair of Goddess Sati fell at this place. As this location was called Krouncha in Puranic period, this site is also called the Krounncha Peetham. This shrine is believed to be built by the Hoysala kings in the 12th century, while the tower was later added by the Vijayanagar kings in the 17th century.
One has to ascend the 1000 steps built on the hill to reach the Sri Chamundeshwari temple. A granite statue of ‘Nandi’ is placed on the 700th step, a little away from the Shiva temple situated there on the hill. This temple is certainly a must visit one for any Hindu devotee.
The Chamundeshwari temple is known across the state for the celebrations of festivals like Navaratri, Aashada Shukravara, and Ammanavara Vardhanthi when devotees and pilgrims from everywhere come here to receive the Goddess’s blessings. Another festival celebrated with high enthusiasm is the Chamundi Jayanti during the month of Ashadha. This day is celebrated by the temple as the anniversary of the consecration murti (idol) of the Goddess by the Maharaja of Mysore. During this day, the Goddess's idol is moved around the temple surroundings in a golden palanquin.