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Altitude300 - 350 m


One of the main geographical features of Goa is the Chandranath hill. Actually there are two hillocks with uniform contour lines and triangular majestic elevation which are 300m and 350m high. These hillocks are also known as Parvat, Prithviparvat or Paroda hills. Molem hills (175m) on the north and Adnem (161m) on the south and Cuncolim (100m) on the southeast form the triangle of this plain. A meteorite fell on the Chandranath mountain in the prehistoric period. These hill constitutes a central watershed of the Paroda river. In terms of location, topography, antiquity and natural beauty Chandrashila hill is unique in India.


According to an ancient Sanskrit , a temple stood at the site about 2500 years ago. However, studies have revealed that the present building is comparatively modern and dates to the late 1600s.  The inner sanctum dates back to the Vedic period and is hollowed from a huge black boulder. The temple is constructed in the typical Goan style of the 17th Century. The temple is closely associated with the Bhoja dynastry who were the rulers of the region of  till the 8thCentuary AD.


The Shivlinga  is curved out of a rock. The unique feature of the temple is that on a full moon night, water oozes out from the Shivling whenever moonlight falls on it. The temple is so designed that the moonlight falls on the Shivling on every full moon. Goddess  Parvati and  the elephant headed Ganesha are curved in the small niche at the rear of the temple.


The main festival which  is celebrated is  the five day Hanuman Jayanthi. Dashera and Mahashivaratri are also celebrated here with great religious fervour. A small Nandi bull has also been sculpted there looking to the west out to the sea.

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