Where Shiva Sacrificed Moon Chandra Mouleeswara Chandanbadi

There is dearth of information about Shiva as Chandramouleswara.

I came to know of Chandramouleeswara, when I was ver young, during the visit of Sringeri Jagadguru His Holiness Abhinava Vidya Theertha Swamigal, Sri Sringeri Sarada Mutt, to my Home at Srivilliputhur.

The name was quite different and many did not know much about it.

Shiva as Chandramouleeswara.

Shiva without Moon on the Forehead.jpg Shiva without Moon on the Forehead.

Our Puranas have it that Lord Shiva sacrificed Moon, Chandra from His Head on His journey to Amarnath.

And the Moon awaited His return.

This place is Chandanpadi, Jammmu & Kashmir, on the way to Amarnath.

“the next place after Pahalgam is Chandanbadi. It is 16 kms from Pahalgam. According to beliefs, Lord Shiva did a very unique thing here. Also known as Chandramauli, Lord Shiva sacrificed the moon from his head here. The moon then waited for Lord Shiva to return here. This is how the name of this place became Chandanbadi’.

Scroll down for Sivasarana Chandra Mouli Stotra.

Chandanbadi, Pahalgam.jpg Chandanbadi, Pahalgam.

How To reach Chandanbadi.

Situated 16-km from Pahalgam, Chandanwari is the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra, which takes place every year in the month of Sawan (Rain). It is famous for snow sledging on a snow bridge.Taxi cabs can be hired from Pahalgam for a roundtrip. The trip takes about four-five hours on a semi-road that has the Lidder river meandering on the one side, and lofty, snow-capped mountains on the other. Some people prefer to do a day hike to Chandanwari.At Chandanwari, the Sheeshnag river is captivating with its sheer force and clear waters. You can get an opportunity to do sledge riding and get up to some heights, upto the fifth point which is also a route that yatris take to reach the Amarnath Cave. “Snow fights” is what people generally indulge in here before they sledge back down. Many prefer to sip a cup of tea of snack at the near by dhabas.Hajan, on the way to Chandanwari is an idyllic spot for a picnic. Filmgoers will recognize it instantly as it has been the location of several movie scenes.”Betaab Valley” is the place where they shot the famous scenes from movie Betaab.

Chandanwari is also known for its natural attractions. It has some of the best picnic spots and is reachable by road. Mini buses operate from Pahalgam to Chandanwari. The weather can be very unpredictable at the place so do carry some warm clothes and rain coats as well.

  • Special Features : The Pony ride and the Palanquin rides are a must do however, if you do like trekking then a walk to the caves is a must do. The place is also famous for its picnic spots and its natural beauty.
  • Connectivity : The place is connected by road however, to go up to the caves you need to either walk or take a pony ride or a Palanquin ride.
  • Dressing restrictions : Carry something for rain and cold weather as the weather can be very unpredictable at the place.
  • Nuisance : The place is calm and free of irritants
  • Best time to visit : During the summers from the mid April to mid June is good time to visit the place.
  • Entry fee : No entry fee is charged
  • Suggestions : Do be well prepared for the weather changes.

There is a Temple near Unkal circle and Unkal Lake on Old NH4 between Hubli and Dharwad.

Chandramouleshwar is a 900-year-old temple from the Badami Chalukyan era. It was built on the lines of Badami, Aihole and Pattadakaltemples, is a Monument of National Importance, and is designated as a Protected Monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites (Act (1958)) by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

  • Unlike other Shiva temples in the North Karnataka region, the Chandramouleshwar Temple has four doors in as many directions, altogether accounting for twelve doors in the temple besides two Shivalingams and two Naandi statutes at the entrance. One of the two lingams is the ‘Chaturmukha Lingam’, a four-faced Shiva lingam, which is the speciality of the temple.


Four faced Shiiva Linga, Hubli Dharwad.jpg Four Faced Lingam at Unkal, Hubli Dharwar. “Chaturmukhalingam” by Chetuln – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chaturmukhalingam.JPG#/media/File:Chaturmukhalingam.JPG
  • The temple has sculpted walls and pillars of black granite stones. Images of dancing Lord Ganesha and jaalandhra at are a visual delight.



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