Giant Nandi idol is a favorite place for devotees who climb up the Mysore Chamundi Hills. It is one of the favorite spot for sightseeing during the short journey between Mysore city and Chamundi Hills where Chamundeshwari Temple is located.
After ascending about 720 of the stone steps leading to the summit of the Chamundi Hill, the wearied visitors may stop under the nose of the huge stone image of Nandi who lies couchant at that point upon a large pedestal. The statue is 16 feet high at the front and 25 feet long from front to back. It is, well decorated with trappings and chains of bells, and otherwise ornamented.
The Bettada Jatre takes place soon after Vijayadasami every year, and the Car Festival or Rathotsava, is held on Asvija Month. A day after, in a big pond called Devi Kola on the hill a floating-raft procession (Theppotsavam) is held which is attended by huge crowds. Besides the Chamundeswari, Mahabaladri, Narayanaswamy temples and Mahishasura and Nandi statues, there are a few other interesting spots on the Chamundi Hills.