Chamundi Hills is the prime landmark of Mysuru city, visible almost from anywhere in the city center. The hill has very close association with the founding of the city. According to mythology this was the domain of the demon called Mahishasura. The place was thus known as Mahishapura or Mahishuru, the land of Mahishasura. And that later morphed into Mysore in English and Mysuru in Kannada, the local language.