Photographer's Note

Pictured here is a part of the Panchadharala temple, the temple with five (pancha) streams (dhara).

The Panchdharala temple complex in the village of Dharapalem is situated 50 km south of the city of Vizag (Vishakhapattanam), in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva as the main deity.

It is reported that the temple was constructed before 12th century AD making it almost 1000 years old.

A unique and intriguing feature of the temple complex is the presence of five separate perpetual streams of water that receive their supply from an underground spring and discharge into a kind of pool through beautifully sculpted stone spouts (photo in WS). The water was cool, clean and fresh and is extensively used by the village population both for bathing and as drinking water. We also found the level of water inside the pool to be constant and were told by the locals about an underground drainage system leading to the several ponds that were present in the vicinity. I don’t exactly know if the five streams were diverted to the pool using some kind of engineering or they followed their natural courses.

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