The Lighthouse is about 3.5 km away by road from the famous 13th century Sun temple of Konark on Puri road. The Lighthouse has derived its name from the near by river Chandrabhaga which has dried down and now no more exists.
There was no light provided in this region prior to the present lighthouse. The vessels earlier should be taking bearing with reference to the Sun temple. There were regular visits by vessels from Bali, Java, Sumatra and Srilanka in the ancient times.
The construction of lighthouse tower was taken up in 1965 and completed in 1967. The installation of equipment supplied by M/s Stone Chance, Birmingham was taken up immediately after. The light was commissioned in to service on 1st March 1968.