A Splendid Sunset At Chandrabhaga
Puri: Chandrabhaga Beach is situated three km east of the Sun temple of Konark, in the Puri district.
It is believed that Samba(Krishna’s son) after curing leprosy worshiped the Sun God on the river mouth of Chandrabhaga, the river dried up. It is reduced to a dry bed or a narrow trickle. It has been an ideal place for religious activity.
According to another ancient narrative reference, Chandrabhag, the daughter of a sage, caught 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 after a frightened Chandrabhaga, who jumped into the river and killed herself, thus succeeding in protecting her chastity. As a mark of tribute to her sacrifice, every year on the 7th day of the full-moon fortnight of Magha month, people from all over the state and outside gather to take a holy dip in the river that is reduced to a shallow pool, to offer their prayers to the Sun God and to enjoy the sunrise .
Chandrabhaga’s sacrifice might have been forgotten, but the place which bears her name is remembered as a holy shrine and as the place of the Rising Sun. It continues to inspire religious and meditative activities. It has been a big hunting-ground for poets, artists and lovers. A moment’s pause at Chandrabhaga is believed[by whom?] to be a great fatigue-healer. Numerous visitors to Konark make Chandrabhaga a positive[clarification needed] stop. A lighthouse can be found close to Chandrabhaga.
Chandrabhaga is rich in marine resources.