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Paladhara Panchadara, Srisailam Overview

Paladhara Panchadara is a beautiful scenic spot that is located around 4 km from Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh. The spot can be reached by a flight of stairs that leads to an infusion of several streams. The gurgling of streams along with the beauteous natural environment surrounding the place makes it the most perfect spot to reflect and unwind. Besides, it also holds a significant religious importance as the name of the central stream Paladhara Panchadara is derived from the Hindu God Lord Shiva. It is believed that the stream was named after the one originating from Lord Shiva’s forehead- ‘pala’ means ‘forehead’ and ‘dhara’ means ‘stream’.

It is believed that Sri Adi Shankaracharya stayed here in the 8th century while he was meditating. He created his renowned masterpiece Sivanandalahari right here where he Lord Mallikarjuna in the verses of the text. There is also this other text Bhramaramba Ashtaka created by him where he praised Goddess Bhramaramba. For the same reason, idols of Sarada Devi and Sri Adi Shankaracharya have been built at the spot that attracts a lot of devotees other than the regular tourists.

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