Pampā

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Pampā The name of the beautiful lake at the foot of the Rṣyamuka hill on which lived the exiled monkey-king Sugrīva. It was here that Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa—after the abduction of Sītā—met Hanumān, Sugrīva’s minister, for the first time. It was an extraordinarily beautiful lake with placid water, full of lotus flowers. Its location has been traced to a place, about 13 kms. (8 miles) away from the present town of Anegondi in the Bellary district of Karnataka. Pampā is also the name of a small river that takes birth from the Pampā lake and is a tributary of the river Tuṅgabhadrā. There is another Pampā river in the Kerala State. It originates in the Kāntamalai hill and flows right under the famous eighteen steps leading to the shrine of Ayyappan (or Hariharaputra) of Sabarīmalai. It later joins the river Kallār. According to the local legends, the famous Sabarī (devotee of Rāma) lived in these parts and Pampā is the same as the lake (or river) at the foot of the Rṣyamuka hill on which Sugrīva lived.