Chandrabhaga beach is located in the coastal village of Chandrabhaga in Puri district of Odisha. It is located in the Bay of Bengal at a distance of 3 km from the World Heritage Site of the Sun Temple of Konark. Considered among the finest beaches along the east coast of India, Chandrabhaga Beach is popular among solitude seekers and pilgrims.
Chandrabhaga beach derives its name from the sacred river Chandrabhaga, which once flowed from the east of the Sun Temple of Konark towards the Bay of Bengal. Chandrabhaga Beach used to be the river mouth of the Chandrabhaga River in the past. Although the Chandrabhaga river has diminished in its volume today, it retains its mythological value and purity.
HistoryAccording to a legend, the daughter of a sage, Chandrabhaga killed herself by drowning in a river to protect her purity from the sun god Surya. It is believed that Lord Surya repented and enriched the river with medicinal properties and named it 'Chandrabhaga'. It is believed that a dip in the Chandrabhaga River can cure leprosy. Shambha, the prince who was suffering from leprosy by Lord Surya at the mouth of the Chandrabhaga River, was the son of Lord Krishna.
The people of Orissa visit the Chandrabhaga beach on the day of Magha Saptami to take a holy bath at the confluence of Chandrabhaga and the Bay of Bengal and offer special worship to Lord Surya. Chandrabhaga fair is yet another cultural activity organized on Chandrabhaga Beach, a seven-day fair to honor Lord Surya.
Chandrabhaga Beach plays an important role in the cultural and traditional identity of Odisha. It witnessed the rise and fall of the Sun Temple of Konark. Chandrabhaga beach, famous for its long stretch of golden sand adorned with Kasurinas, is counted among the best beaches in India due to its ideal location on the east coast.
Chandrabhaga Beach is well connected to other places in Orissa by road. The nearest airport and rail head of Chandrabhaga Beach is located at Puri, which is about 31 km away. The beach can be visited throughout the year.
Tourist places in Chandrabhaga Beach
Chandrabhaga beach offers two of the most prominent sights of Orissanamely, Chandrabhaga beach and Konark temple. Along with these two places, the Chandrabhaga River also lies along the Chandrabhaga beach.
Chandrabhaga beach is popular for its secluded solitude as well as its Chandrabhaga fair. This fair is one of the most popular fairs of Orissa held around February and March every year, which lasts for seven days. During this fair, a large number of devotees come from all over the world to take a dip in the holy waters of the Chandrabhaga River.
The Chandrabhaga River is famous for its sacred waters, which according to an old Hindu legend are believed to cure the 'loincloth'.
Konark Temple is also known as Sun Temple, which is the most popular attraction in Chandrabhaga Beach and Orissa. The temple is a World Heritage Site and is known for its ancient and exquisite carvings, sculptures and architecture, due to which it took more than 12 years to build this temple.