Just 45 km from Panaji, on the quaint hills of Chandranath, lays one of the oldest temples in Goa, the Chandreshwar temple. The temple belonging to the pre-Christian era is dedicated to Sri Chadreshwar, the chief deity of the Bhoja kings. The Bhoja rulers are also credited with building a number of other temples in the region during the 8th century.
The Shiva lingam carved out of a single rock is a major attraction of the place. The lingam is bathed in moonlight on the night of full moon, making even the skeptic fall in love with the place. The top of the hill also offers a panoramic view of the surrounding valley. Another major attraction of the place is an ancient wooden chariot with beautiful carvings on it.
The best time to visit the temple is during the Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri, when the temple is thronged by thousands of tourists from all over the place. The festivities carried out at the temple during the festival are worth watching.
Location of Sri Chandreshwar Temple
Sri Chandreshwar Temple is situated at Paroda in Quepem Taluka on the top of Chadreshwar hill. Located at an altitude of 359 mts above the sea level, the temple affords a panoramic view of the green valley below. It is one of the oldest temples in Goa, believed to have been in existence for the past 1500 years.
How to reach Sri Chandreshwar Temple
The place is easily accessible from Panaji. Buses ply regularly to the temple from Panajiís main bus stand while another option is to hire a taxi. You may also choose to rent a motorcycle. The devotees have to climb a set of steep stairs made from granite to access the temple premises; however an easier way is to make your way up through the cemented road.