Chandrabhaga is situated 3 Kms east
of the famous Sun temple of Konark and 30 Kms from Puri. Until recent years Chandrabhaga was
considered a place of natural cure for lepers. Mythological 'Shamba' (Krishna's
Son) the cured laper worshipped the Sun God for cure on the river mouth of
Chandrabhaga, the river dried. It is reduced to a drybed or a narrow trickle.
It has been an ideal place for religios activity. Naturally the place, away
from human vegetation. Ever swept by sweet breeze and washed by untiding waves
is best suited for offerings and also devine romance.
According to yet another mythological reference, Chandrabhag, the daughter of a
sage, cought the attraction of the Sun God by her magical charm. The God came
down to seek her hand in love. Chandrabhaga did not offer herself to the God.
Maddened by romantic pangs, the God chased behind a frightened Chandrabhaga who
jumped in to the river and killed herself, but succeeded in protecting her
chastity. As a mark of tribute to her sacrifice, every year on the 7th day of
the fullmoon fortnight of Magha month, lakhs of people from all over the state
and outside gather to take a holy dip in the river that is reduced to a shallow
pool, offer their prayers to the Sun God and enjoy the Sun rise.
Chandrabhaga's sacrifice might have been forgotten, but the place which bears
her name is remembered as a holy shrine and the place of the Rising Sun. It
continues to inspire religious and meditative activities. It has been a big
hunting ground for peoets, artists and lovers. A moments pause at Chandrabhaga
is a great fatigue healer. Numerous visitors to Konark make Chandrabhaga a
positive stop. Several others stay at Konark overnight to enjoy the beauty of
the following day.
A light house, close by Chandrabhaga is an added histronic to the splendour of
the place. A climb to its top truely takes you to a world of utopia. A natural
deer park is recent additions to the riches of Chandrabhaga.
Chandrabhaga is also rich in her marine resources. A large colony of fishermen
from Andhra Pradesh beside the dried river mouth represents typical tribal life
There is an anicient Matha believed to be the Ashram of Chandrabhaga's father
and two small temples. The sight has asthetic and importance.