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Munivaatam Falls of the Papi Hills






Taken by my son, Aakash, November, 2010, during a bike trip of about 2400 km from Kadapa to Hyderabad, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada and Vizag, Araku and the Borra Caves


At Perantalapalli, a remote tribal village, on top of a hill is a Shiva temple established by Sri Balananda Swamiji in the year 1927. He worked for the development of the locals  Konda Koyas and Konda Reddies. The temple and the ashram ‘Sri Krishna Munivaatam’ has given the falls its name. The idol of Shiva here has a serpent shade over it. History has it that Balananda Swamy while travelling down the river from Rajhmadry to Bhadrachalam, stayed for the night at Perantalapalli. As he enjoyed the moonlit night on the sandy banks of River Godavari, a lady appeared before him and lead him to a spot where a hooded Shiva idol rested in a thicket of bushes next to a flowing stream. He decided to construct a temple at that spot. Since no priest would perform pooja in this remote place, the local tribes took over. Eating meat and hunting are not allowed in the vicinity of the temple. Complete silence is a prerequisite during the visit. In 1969, David Adam, a young British national, became a disciple of the Swamiji and has lived in Perantalapalli till recently.


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12 comments:

magiceye said...

beautiful images and interesting tale

Rajesh said...

Fantastic shots of the falls. Interesting history about the place.

Pratibha The Talent said...

ah! relaxing falls.

Team G Square said...

Great place , India Incredible India .Thanks for Sharing

thoughtfulrandomness said...

Amazing shots!! And such an interesting story attached to it. It makes the place even more mystical.

Tarun Mitra said...

nice...loved the second one

Arti said...

Looks stunning.. very relaxing place!!

Rajlakshmi said...

wowww amazing :D

Anu said...

Fantastic images, esp the first one! and interesting story too.... a story about a place makes it more interesting, doesnt it???

Purba said...

I love the way you have started framing your captures.

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Very nice...looks almost surreal!

Ash said...

WOW, this looks beautiful.... well captured pic :)

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