Chandranath Temple

Chandranath Temple
Chandranath Temple

The renowned Chandranath Shaktipeeth Temple, dedicated to the divine Goddess Bhavani, is one of 51 sacred shrines located in Sitakunda Station’s Chandranath Hill in Chittagong District, Bangladesh. Hindu scriptures state that this revered and venerated spot marks where Sati’s right arm fell; thus making it a coveted destination for devotees who embark on their spiritual journey here. The temple at the top of hill is actually an abode to Lord Bhairava rather than the actual Devi Peetha itself – further solidifying its reverence amongst pilgrims.

Here, two idols stand proudly: one of Devi Sati known as Bhavani and the other is Lord Shiva named Chandrashekhar. The latter title symbolizes those that have a moon upon their head or crown. As many locals believe, Lord Shiva himself vowed to visit Chandrasekhar Mountain during Kali Yuga. An exquisite marble structure with intricate art adorns this temple, making it even more remarkable than before!

The name, Shakti Peeth Chattal, is related to the famous town of Chatgaon in Bangladesh—the place it was established. This area also goes by Chitagaon among those living within its district. Across India there are a total of 51 Shakti Peetas; out of these 4 are known as Adi Shaktipeeth and 18 as Maha Shakti Peeths.

Centuries ago, Raja Biswambhar Sur was said to have arrived at Chandranath hill by sea. Dhanya Manikya, the King of Tripura at that time, presented many gifts and attempted to transport the Shiv ling back with him–to no avail. Despite his best efforts, he could not succeed in bringing it home.

On Shiva Chaturdashi Puja in February, thousands of devotees flock to this holy temple to receive the divine blessings. This event goes on for 10 days and is open from 6:00 AM – 6 PM every day outside of these ten days. The best time to visit this majestic destination lies between October-March when you can stay comfortably at any one of the hotels located near Chittagong city.

The Shakti Peethas are shrines of the Mother Goddess. Lord Brahma performed a yajna to please Shakti and Shiva. As a result, Goddess Shakti emerged from Shiva and assisted Brahma in the creation of the universe. However, Brahma decided that he wanted to give Shakti back to Shiva. Thus, his son Daksha performed several yajnas to obtain Shakti as his daughter in the form of Sati. Unfortunately, Daksha was displeased with Sati’s marriage to Lord Shiva and refused to invite him to the yagna he was hosting. Yet, due toSatis insistence on wanting visit her father,Shiva allowed his wife go the yagna despite knowing it would be unpleasant . Daksha’s disrespectful words towards her husband, Shiva, filled Sati with unspeakable anger and grief. Unable to bear this slight against her beloved partner, she chose the ultimate course of action: Self-immolation. In revenge for his wife’s death, Shiva unleashed his wrathful form of Veerabhadra at Daksha’s Yagna and destroyed it completely – a display known as the Tandav Dance of Destruction which resounded throughout Aryavartha in mourning and sorrow. As Shiva mourned for his lost love he carried Sati on an endless journey across the land. Lord Vishu, with the aim of stopping the Tandav, used his Sudarshana Chakra, which cut through the Sati’s corpse. The parts of Sati body fell at varroas spots all through the Indian and neighboring country and these Sacred sites came to be called Shakti Peethas .

By Air
The nearby Airport is Shah Amanat International Airport and It is around 54.6 Km away from Destination.

By Rail
The nearby Railway station is Sitakund Railway station and It is around 2.4 km away from Destination.

By Road
The nearby Bus station is Sitakund Bus station and It is around 3.5 km away from Destination.

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