Chamunda Devi Temple, Jodhpur

Visitors Information

  • Famous for: Trekking, sunrise, Chamunda Mata, Religious Site.
  • Entrance Fees: Indian Citizen – Rs.70, Indian Sr. Citizen and Students – Rs.40, International Guests – Rs.600, International Sr. Citizen and Guests – Rs.500
  • Visiting Time: 9:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs
  • Duration of Visit: 90 minutes to 120 minutes.

The famous Chamunda Mata Temple is located at the top of the Mehrangarh Fort which is located on the south of the city of Jodhpur. The blue city of Jodhpur is world renowned for its palaces, forts, temples and citadels. Chamunda Devi is one of the fearsome aspect of the ‘Devi’ or you can say one of the ‘Roops’ of Devi Maa. The temple was built by Rao Jodha (1416-1489) one of the most famous rulers of Mandore who reigned over the region from 1427-1489 AD. He is also credited as the founder of Jodhagarh which is today known as Jodhpur. In addition to Chamunda Devi, the temple also houses a statuette of Kalika Devi.

Chamunda Devi Temple
Photo (Cropped) by Tony Young, CC BY-SA 2.0

Traveller Tips

  • Don’t forget to take your camera with you as the temple offers some captivating natural scenery and breath-taking views of the Blue City I.e. Jodhpur from the top of the Mehrangarh Fort.
  • Fee for taking a still camera to shoot photos is Rs.100.
  • Don’t miss the other attractions of the temple. The place of worship offers some interesting views and the solemnness helps for the peace of mind.
  • Wear comfortable footwear as you have to go through a long walk to visit the temple.
  • Don’t forget to visit the Kalika Devi Statue in the Temple.

Things to Do

  • An additional place for excursion if you are visiting Mehrangarh Fort.
  • The best time to visit the temple is during sunrise.
  • Due to its location, it offers some spectacular views of the city. Have a look at Umaid Bhawan Palace and the citadels of Mehrangarh Fort.
  • The trek to Chamunda Mata Temple is exhilarating as well as refreshing.

Availability of Guides

It’s true that a good guide can make all the difference and it’s the same when you are visiting Mehrangarh Fort and Chamunda Mata Temple. English as well as Hindi speaking guides are available and you can avail their services when you are buying your entry tickets. The cost of a guide is divided into different slabs which depends on the size of the group. Example: For a group of 1-4 persons, the guide will charge a sum of Rs.200/-.

Best Time to Visit

As the town of Jodhpur is pretty much near to the Thar Desert, it is best to visit the Chamunda Mata Temple during winter especially between the months of October and March.

How to Reach

The Chamunda Mata Temple is about 6 kilometres from the Main Jodhpur Bus Stand. If you can walk, then take the station road as then the distance is cut to a mere 2.6 kilometres. It is also not really far from the railway station and is just 6 kilometres away. If you have flied in, then we would suggest you to take the route which goes via National Highway 62 as the Chamunda Mata Temple is then about 7 kilometres away from the airport. Other modes of transport such as private taxis and auto-rickshaws are also available.

Interesting Facts

  • The temple is located at the top of Mehrangarh Fort.
  • King Rao Jodha was also known by the title ‘Jodha of Mandore’.
  • To this day Chamunda Devi is still worshipped by the Royal Family.
  • Not just the ‘Blue City’, Jodhpur is also known by the name of ‘the Sun City’.

Nearby Attractions of The Area

  • Jaswant Thada
  • Phool Mahal
  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Sachiya Mata Temple
  • Bheru Mandir
  • Hanuman Mandir
  • Gulab Sagar
  • Rao Jodha Desert Park
  • Rao Jodha Statue
  • Toorji Ka Jhalara

Nearby Restaurants

  • Ravla
  • Kesar Heritage
  • Café Royale
  • Mehran Terrace
  • Chokelao Restaurant
  • Dagley Lounge
  • Indigo
  • Geeta Mahal
  • The Step Well Café
  • The Curry House

All in all, Chamunda Mata Temple is a must visit religious site. It itself is a crucial piece of architectural heritage, spanning over a history of more than 550 years. Wake up before the sun, put on those sports shoes and embark on a rejuvenating trek and bask in the warmness of the sunrise by the sacred temple. Say your prayers as you look down over the blue city still dreaming away in the early morning hours. Have some cutting chai to start your day fresh and on a positive note.

About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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