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Paladhara Panchadara Srisailam Address: 4 Km From Srisailam, Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh, 518101, India
Paladhara Panchadara is another popular place to visit in Srisailam. Located at distance of around 4 km from Srisailam presents breathtaking scenic beauty. Along with mesmerizing beauty, these natural streams also have religious association.
The name of the stream is derived from Lord Shiva. The name Paladhara stands for the stream originating from the forehead of Lord Shiva, as pahal means forehead and dhara means stream. The name Panchadhara signifies the five aspects of Lord Shiva (Pancha means five and dharma means stream).
Paladhara Panchadhara has been described in holy Hindu texts Puranas as well. Ancient text Skanda Purana describes the flow of the stream as Bhogavathi, which later joins the River Krishna. As per legends, it at this place where Sri Adi Shankaracharya had stayed here doing meditation before he started his journey in the 8th century.
It is said that it was during this period that he has created renowned masterpiece Sivanandalahari where he had praised Lord Mallikarjuna in its verses. Sri Adi Shankaracharya has also written about Goddess Bhramaramba and praised her in another creation Bhramaramba Ashtaka. Owing to this, Statues of Sarada Devi and Sri Adi Shankaracharya have been built here.
With glistening streams of water flowing all round the year amid the lush greenery of forests, Paladhara and Panchadhara create a scene worth remembering. Located in a narrow valley, it can be reached via 160 steps. These streams are located opposite to the Hatakeswaram. Hence tourists can club both the visits together.