Photographer's Note

This is from Chamundi Hill on the outskirts of Mysore city in southern India. In the background is the 'gopalam', gate tower, of the 17th century Chamundeshwari Temple.

I have shown photos from this place a few times before, including this:

Chamundi Hill attracts many visitors and the temple at the summit is surrounded by a large platform.

I climbed the hill on a stairway of 1008 steps, instead of taking a taxi. In my diary I found this description of what I found at the summit:

"There were already hundreds, maybe thousands, of persons. The last stretch of the road was packed with tourist buses and taxis honking constantly, and along the road were souvenir stalls, people selling soft drinks or postcards and a number of stalls selling religious offerings. Outside the temple was a very long queue of people waiting to get inside."

Recent photos I have seen on the net show a bright yellow gopalam, so it was obviously repainted since 1988 when my photos were taken.

The WS shows a saleswoman. Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

I will remain on Chamundi Hill for my next upload.

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