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Holy water comes out as natural steam here between hills rocks. This sacred water is used for Sri Vaari Daily Abhishekam. A bath in Akasha Ganga provides the merit equivalent to performing a hundred rituals.
It is located next to Silathoranam. It is believed that Lord Brahma once observed repentance at this site, further, for cleansing this place, Lord Vishnu plunged the Sudarshana Chakram. The Sudarshana Chakra then fell into a place, which later came to be known as Chakra Theertham.
It is believed to be the place where Lord Vishnu took penance after killing a demon named Tarakasura. It is also believed that a devotee of Lord Vishnu lost his way in the hills and started meditating. Lord Vishnu appeared before him and asked to take a bath in this pond. This holy dip transformed the man into a sixteen-year-old boy and from then on the pond came to be known as Kumara Theertham. A bath in Kumaradhara Theertham would provide the advantage of having performed a Rajasuya Yajna, ritual.
The story behind the formation of the theertham states that a Gandharva cursed sage Agastya’s lazy wife to become a toad that had to survive in this pond till the sage arrived. When sage Agastya came here with his disciples, the toad took the Gandharva form and hence the pond was known as Tumburu Theertham
During excavations in the 1980s on a mound of earth in the jungles 1 km. North of the temple where it was believed that some information lied buried about the Lord’s transformation into rock, a very rare phenomenon of two different sets of rocks connected together in the form of a thin link was found. They are formed naturally very mysterious indeed! This geological arch is a very rare spectacle in the world. This arch (older than the Jurassic age) is 25ft in length, l0ft in height
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