(Last Updated on : 10/12/2019)
The Chandrabhaga Beach in Odisha is a sea beach
, where one can watch the turbulent sea of Bay of Bengal
. Chandrabhaga beach is very close to the famous temple
of archaeological importance, the Konark temple
. From 1st of December to 5th of December International Sand art festival is organized at Chandrabhaga sea beach. Many local and foreign artists take part in this five days function. This function matches with the Konark Dance festival
organized during the same time near Konark Sun temple.
Location of Chandrabhaga Beach
The Chandrabhaga Beach is located in the coastal village
of Chandrabhaga in Puri District
. It is situated on the Bay of Bengal, at a distance of 3 kilometers from the World Heritage Site
of the Sun Temple of Konark.
Mythological story of Chandrabhaga Beach
Chandrabhaga Beach received its name from the holy River Chandrabhaga
, which once flowed through the grounds of the Sun Temple of Konark, towards the Bay of Bengal. The Chandrabhaga Beach used to be the mouth of River Chandrabhaga in the earlier period. According to history
, Chandrabhaga was the daughter of a sage
who killed herself by sinking in the river to defend her chastity from Surya
, the Sun God. Chandrabhaga caught the attention of the Sun God by her perfect charm. The God came down to search for her hand in love. Chandrabhaga did not proffer herself to the God. Annoyed by the tender pangs the God chased behind a frightened Chandrabhaga who jumped into the river and killed herself, thrived in defending her chastity. It is believed that Lord Surya, in regret, blessed the river with medicinal properties and named it as Chandrabhaga. It is believed that a dip in River Chandrabhaga can cure leprosy. Prince Shambha, the son of Lord Krishna
, was treated of leprosy by Lord Surya on the river mouth of Chandrabhaga.
Attractions of Chandrabhaga Beach
The Chandrabhaga Beach plays a significant role in the cultural and traditional identity of Odisha. It observed the rise and descending of the Sun Temple of Konark. Chandrabhaga Beach, which is famous for its long stretch of golden sand bordered with casuarinas, is counted among the best beaches in India due to its ideal spot on the eastern coast.
The beach seizes a significant place in the map of Odisha tourism. Apart from pilgrimage and cultural activities, the beach offers activities like sun bathing, surfing, swimming, etc. Chandrabhaga Beach is also well-known for its sun rise views. Chandrabhaga Beach also offers jaunts to tourist destinations like Gopalpur Beach
, Puri, Chilika Lake and Bird Sanctuary.
Visiting Information of Chandrabhaga Beach
Chandrabhaga Beach is well connected to other places in Odisha by road. The nearest rail head to the beach is located at Puri, which is about 31 kilometers away.