Panchatirtha, Tholpetty, Kerala

Panchatirtha, Tholpetty

Location: On the southern side of Thirunelly Temple is the Panchatirtha, which is just about 30 km away from Mananthavady in Wayanad.

Description: Panchatirtha is a combination of five sacred Tirthas in Wayanad. It refers to a pond which was once a gathering point of five rivers, which are Sankha, Badma, Chakra, Gatha and Shreepada. There is a great legend associated with this place. As per the tale, this is the holy place where Lord Vishnu gave instructions to Lord Brahma. You can still see that rock here which has Holy footprints of Lord Vishnu imprinted on it. In spite of the fact that the glorious lake has dried to some extent, people still regard it as one of the most religious places in Wayanad and one who visits Thirunelly Temple makes sure to pay homage at this place as well. The pious surroundings of this place offer picturesque panoramas to spectators. In the monsoon season, the lake and its environs become truly rejuvenating.

Activities: Located close to the Panchatirtha, you may visit Gundikakshetra Cave Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is an ancient shrine carved from a cave and you may also see primeval sculptures here. The Trimurthi idol of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh in this shrine is one of its kinds in the entire India.

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