This most beautiful scene spot is located about 4 km from Srisailam. Tradition records that Bhagavan Adisankara performed penance at this place and composed the famous ‘Sivanandalahari’ here. This spot is in a narrow valley approached by a flight of steps where subterranean streams of pure water with musical sounds reverberating the surroundings. These streams are known as ‘Phaladhara-Panchadhara’ and these signify their origin from the fore head of God Siva, the Phaladhara (Phala=fore head, dhara=stream) and denotes the five aspects of Siva, the Panchadhara (Pancha=five, dhara=stream). The water from this stream flows at all seasons uninterruptedly.
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.
Paladhara Panchadara Timings :
|Monday||9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Tuesday||9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Wedesday||9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Thursday||9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Friday||9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Saturday||9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Sunday||9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
Entry For Phaladhara Panchadhara :
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
How to Reach Phaladhara Panchadhara :
The Rajiv Gandhi International terminal, Hyderabad’s international airport is well-connected with major cities across the globe. The airport also has a domestic terminal called NT Rama Rao which is connected to most of the Indian cities. Approximately 20 kilometres away from the city, the airport is situated in the Begumpet area. Almost all airlines fly daily from and to Hyderabad. Once you reach here, you can find many private and prepaid taxis outside the airport. The cab fare may vary depending upon which part of Hyderabad city you would like to go.
There are three major railheads in the city, namely, Hyderabad Railway Station, Secunderabad Railway Station and Kachiguda Railway Station. These railheads connect major Indian cities like Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. Some of the popular trains that run daily from Hyderabad rail junctions are Kacheguda Express, Hyderabad Express, Charminar Express, Konark Express, Andhra Pradesh Express and Shatabdi Express.
Boasting of a huge bus terminal, the city is well-connected to its neighbouring towns like Aurangabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Tirupati and Panaji. The bus terminal is managed and well-organised by Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC). You can choose from sleeper, deluxe, super deluxe, air-conditioned and Volvo buses that are operated by both state and private companies. The fare would depend upon the type of the bus and the destination.
Phaladhara Panchadara Address:
Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh,
Pincode : 518101, India .