Papavinasam Theertham is a sacred waterfall, located 2 miles from Thirumala Temple. The devotees believe a dip in the Theertham washes away the evils and sins. There are separate dressing rooms for women and men nearby the Theertham. The reservoir in the dam restricts the flow of water into the Theertham.
Papavinasanam, located about 5 km (3.1 mi) from the main temple, is a reservoir as well as a temple. The name originates from the legend that a bath in the water from this reservoir clears one for all sins (Papam). Originally a waterfall flowing from a tributary of the Swarnamukhi River, the river was later dammed to control the water flowing out of the area. A part of the water flows to Papavinasanam temple where seven lion-headed channels open from a height for deities to bathe below them. A temple dedicated to goddess Ganga is located near the enclosure.