CHANDRABHAGHA IN RAMAYANA
Chandrabhagha was the consort of Janaka‘s younger brother Kushadhwaja. Her two daughters were married to Bharata and Shatrughna. Chandrabhaga was mentioned in Ramayana as a pious, holy, chaste and a good natured and beautiful lady. She dutifully served her husband Kushadhwaja, and also she welcomed the guests like sages, kings and the common people to her palace in a cordial manner, and used to attend them properly.
Chandrabhagha also maintained warm relationship with Janaka, Dasaratha and with Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrugna. During the time of Rama’s exile, she consoled Kausalya and Sumitra, the queens of Dasaratha, and gave confidence to them. In Ramayana, only a few details about her are mentioned.
It is believed that after the end of her life, due to her chastity and holiness, she has become the Chandrabhagha River, which can be found at the present place of Maharashtra. Chandrabhagha River is a sacred River, similar to the holy River Ganges. Whenever Devotees visits Pandharpur temple, they would take bath in this holy river, in order to purify their mind and body.
Those who take a holy dip in the Chandrabhagha River by praising Mata Chandrabhagha and Lord Krishna would get relieved from their sins and diseases, and would get all kinds of prosperities in their life.
“JAI MATA CHANDRABHAGHA DEVIYE NAMAHA”