Chandranath Temple

Chandranath Mondir is one of the famous Shaktipith located on the Chandranath hill near Sitakunda in Bangladesh. Sitakunda is a green land of amazing natural beauty. It is better to call this area a big pilgrimage place for Hindus. The Chandranath Temple is located on the highest hilltop here. Others include Barabazar Puja Mandap, Kramdheshwari Kali Mandir, Bholananda Giri Sevashram, Kachari Bari, Shani Thakur house, Premtala, Sri Sri Loknath Brahmachari Sebashram, Sri Ramakrishna Sevashram, Girish Dharamsala, Dol Chattar, N, G, Saha Tirtha, Guru Mohant Astana, Vivekananda Smriti Panchabati, Jagannath Ashram, Sri Krishna Temple, Mahasamsthana Bhavani Temple, Swayambhunath Mandigayakshet, Jagannath Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Patalpuri, Annapurna temple etc. According to Hindu scriptures, the left hand of Goddess Sati fell here. Chandranath Temple in Sitakunda is a holy place for pilgrims. Its old name was “Sita Kunda Mandir”

When Sati Mata left her body after the efficient Yajna in the Satya Yuga, Mahadev carried Sati’s corpse on his shoulder and started the worldwide cataclysm dance. Vishnu cut Sati’s corpse by Sudarshan Chakra. As a result, the body parts of Sati Mata fell in different parts of the Indian subcontinent and all these places became known as Shakti Peetha.

According to the Rajmala, about 800 years ago, King Vishwambhar, a descendant of the famous Adisur of Gaur, tried to reach Chandranath by sea. Dhan Manikya, the ruler of Tripura, tried unsuccessfully to remove the idol of Shiva from the temple to his kingdom.

According to various sources, various types of information are known about the history here. It is believed that people started living in Sitakunda in the ancient Neolithic age. The tools of the Stone Age Assamese people discovered here bear his signature. As far as is known from history, in the 6th and 7th centuries, the entire Chittagong region was under the rule of Arakan. In the following century, the region passed into the hands of the Pal emperor Dharmapala (770-810 AD). Sultan Fakhruddin Mubarak Shah of Sonargaon (1338-1349 AD) acquired the territory in 1340 AD. Later, in 1538, when the last Sultan of the Sultanate of Bengal, Sultan Gias Uddin Muhammad Shah, was defeated by Sher Shah Suri of the Sur dynasty, the area passed into the hands of the Arakan State and the Arakanese descendants continued to rule the region. Later, the Portuguese also divided the Arakanese and ruled from 1538 to 1666 AD. Until then the region was ruled together by Portuguese and Arakanese descendants. After a reign of about 128 years, 1966 AD: Mughal general Buzrug Unme Khan overthrew the Arakanese and the Portuguese and occupied the region.

Special worship is performed in this temple every year on the day of Shivratri i.e. Shivar Tadashi; A huge fair is held at Sitakunda centered on this puja. The Hindus living in the Chandranath hills of Sitakunda organize a big fair every year in the month of Bengali Falgun (English February-March). Which is known as Shivartudarshi Mela. Numerous saints and men and women from different parts of the world including Bangladesh participated in this fair.

How to go

4 km from Sitakunda market in Chittagong. Chandranath hill is located in the east. Chandranath hills to the east of Sitakunda and vast sea to the west.


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Updated: June 14, 2023

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